St. Mary’s Organ Centenary Fund

Wednesday, 10th August 2016

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David Briggs
David Briggs

May 7th saw the inaugural recital to launch an appeal to renovate and restore the fine organ of St. Mary’s Church.

 

The Trustees were delighted that the Patron of the Fund, David Briggs, International Organ Virtuoso flew in from Toronto where he is currently Artist in Residence at St. James Cathedral.  David was brought up in Moseley and his first inspiration at the age of 10 was to make the St. Mary’s instrument “sound like Notre Dame.”  The evening included canapés and Prosecco, and there was much discussion on the proposals for “Renewing our Heritage”.  An exhibition in the church contains a detailed report commissioned by the Parochial Church Council from specialist consultant Paul Hale.

 

Estimates of cost have been sought and £200,000.00 will be needed to undertake the task.

The organ was originally built for The National Art Treasures Exhibition, Folkestone in 1886 by Henry Jones and was deemed to be one of his finest instruments. It was purchased in 1887 by public subscription for St. Mary’s.  The instrument has been modified somewhat but at its heart is the original craftsmanship.  It is hoped that following renovation the instrument can serve the church and its community for a further 130 years and help generations of the future to learn, listen and enjoy what it can offer.

 

An Appeal brochure is available containing details of ways to support the fund and over the next year many events will be organised in pursuit of the targeted £200,000.

 

It is to be hoped that the people of Moseley will feel able to give generously to retain an icon of the community and a facility that can be of benefit to all.

 

Please contact The Organ Trustees, St. Mary’s Benefice Office, St. Mary’s Row, Birmingham B13 8HW or stmarysorganappeal@moseleybenefice.org.uk.

 

Norman McLeod

Chair of the Fund Trustees