An Organ Recital will be given by Frances Whewell on Thursday 2nd June at 2pm, St Mark’s, with an interlude by Bob and Lesley Shatwell on violin and double bass. This is to raise money for the much loved Edwardian organ at St Mark’s Church in Upper Hale, named after her benefactor – Emily Mangles – who raised the funds for the organ in the early 20th century. Entry is free but donations are very welcome!
This two manual organ looks beautiful with an English Oak case, and has the potential to sound beautiful as well. But Emily has received little renovation in the last 100 years. Without becoming too technical, the leatherwork is perishing, the reservoir is leaking, and so sounds noisy, and the electrical components are faulty and unsafe. The task before St Mark’s it to have Emily rebuilt, rather than just restored.
The Reverend Lesley Crawley said, “We have received a lot of advice from the organ builder, and the asbestos has already been removed from the blower. £21,000 is still needed for the general clean and overhaul. A ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme is in place, but this needs bolstering by other fund-raising initiatives.”
Frances Whewell commented, “There will be a few surprises – not least the unpredictability of Emily – hence the need for financial help! The event is being hosted by the group ‘Teacakes’, and tea will be served in the church as the music is played. All are very welcome. Please come and support this unique piece of our musical heritage. There will be a collection for Emily at the end.”