There was a solid turnout for the organ lecture presented by William McVicker on Saturday night. In recent years St Mary's has become a popular venue for events and last night was no exception. William, who is organ curator at London’s Royal Festival Hall, is a big fan of our organ. He spoke for over an hour in glowing terms about the man who created built it - T.C.Lewis - and why it's so special. Not only is it a rare example of one England's foremost organ builders, despite being built over 150 years ago it also remains largely in its original condition. Other examples of Lewis organs have been restored - not always to good effect.
In the case of the organ inside St Mary's, this is somethig of a double-edged sword, for whilst it retains almost all of its original features, it is now in need of quite urgent repair work. In a few short weeks, the restorers, Harrison & Harrison, will begin the labourious task of dismantling the organ, piece by piece, before taking it away to their workshops in Durham. This is an expensive business and whilst much of the funding for the project has been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, there remains a large shortfall of several thousand pounds. That's precisely why our organ needs your help! Villagers have been given the opportunity to "Sponsor a Pipe" and put their name on a piece of Titchmarsh history.
For more details please visit the Titchmarsh Organ website.