Pi­anists in ap­peal bid

Wilmslow Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@me­me­dia.co.uk @KarenBrit­ton1

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.

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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

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