Pianists in appeal bid
ACHURCH will host a festival of piano recitals to help its bid to raise £250,000 to save its organ.
Parishioners at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilmslow need to raise the large sum to replace the inner workings of the failing 149-year-old organ and protect it for the future.
They have launched an Oscar the Organ Appeal with a video and an online campaign.
Now they have announced a piano festival during next month to raise funds.
Students from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester will perform recitals on the church grand piano, with £4 entry fees going to the organ appeal.
Philip Underwood, who joined the church last year as organist, said: “The piano festival is just one of the events we’re hosting to develop the music scene and encourage the community to visit.”
Church members are applying for government grants and donations by charitable organisations. People can sponsor new pipes for the organ to improve the sound.
Philip said: “The appeal is picking up pace.
“One woman said the church had good memories for her so she made a donation and someone else gave us £100 to sponsor one of the large pipes.
“The organ has an interesting history which needs protecting.”
The piano festival features pianists Ewa Tytman on Saturday, February 14, Rachel Fok on Saturday, February 21 and Chiahu Lee on Saturday, February 28. All performances are from 2pm.
Contact Philip on 0161 456 9037 or via the campaign’s Twitter account to fundraise or donate.
Above: Philip Underwood, organist at St Bartholomew’s church, Wilmslow; and right, the 150-year-old organ