Hear newly rebuilt organ at Melton church concert

A concert to hear the newly rebuilt Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ in St Mary's Church, Melton, takes place on Saturday, September 29.

Tuesday, 18th September 2018, 11:31 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th September 2018, 10:52 pm
The newly rebuilt Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ at St Mary's Church, Melton PHOTO: Supplied

Those who attend from 6.30pm, will be able to learn about the changes that have been made to it and meet the evening’s organist, Paul Hale, and organ builder, Jonathan Wallace from Henry Groves and Son, Nottingham.

Wine and refreshments will be available and the concert, which will include works by Karl-Elert, Franck, Bach and Stanley, will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Samworth Centre, or on the door on the night. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Refurbishment Project.

Organist Paul Hale PHOTO: Supplied

Mr Hale, organ consultant for the St Mary’s Church organ rebuild, said: “It has been completely rebuilt, on a mobile platform, with new keyboards and all its electrical components replaced.

“The pipework has all been cleaned and restored, with some ranks moved to allow them to speak out better.

“The organ now has 69 speaking stops, and a full modern complement of controls, including the ability to ‘play itself’ once an organist has recorded a performance at the console.

“In musical flexibility and variety, it is the most significant organ in the county, along with the famous (if smaller) Harrison and Harrison organ in Leicester Cathedral. The organ will now serve St Mary’s with added distinction for many decades to come.”