Great organ event at Top Church

First published in News

LOVERS of organ recitals and those who appreciate learning about how organs work will be thrilled to hear that on Sunday, May 18, at 3pm in St Augustine's Penarth, Robert Court, will be playing works that demonstrate the organ's range and versatility, and also demonstrating how the organ actually works.

Many people know about St Augustine's which is affectionately called Top Church locally. Its prominent position ensures it is seen from miles around and its famous architect, William Butterfield, places it as one of Penarth's most important buildings.

Less well known is its remarkable William Hill organ, installed in 1898. William Hill was widely known as the most significant English organ builder of his generation and the company he founded became the foremost of the Victorian organ builders in Britain.

It focused on increasing the power and versatility of the organ and for some Hill was the ‘father of the romantic organ’.

St Augustine's is remarkably fortunate to have an outstanding organ from the William Hill company, and equally fortunate in having a brilliant and versatile organist in Robert Court who combines playing and teaching with a rare skill.

This event is organised by the Friends of St Augustine's whose main aim is to help keep the church and organ in good heart for generations to come.

Chairwoman of the Friends, Tricia Griffiths who is particularly thrilled with this event, said: "Those who came to our launch will recall how Robert held us enthralled with a similar performance.

"We hope people will come from far and wide for this recital/talk which will appeal to all tastes and ages."

Entry to include tea and homemade cake is £7 (£5 for Friends of St Augustine’s and Concessions)

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