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Concert at Whattn Church by Paul Hale to mark completion of organ restoration

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A celebratory concert takes place at Whatton Church next month to mark the completion of the restoration of its organ.

Paul Hale, Southwell Minster organist emeritus, will be playing a programme of music to show off the many facets of the 1877 Gray and Davison instrument.

This will include congregational hymns sung at the original organ opening services on April, 19, 1878.

Whatton Church (49954957)
Whatton Church (49954957)

There will also be choral works, including anthems by composers contemporaneous with the organ (Stanford and S.S.Wesley) sung by the Cranmer Company of Singers with members of Whatton church choir.

The concert will be rounded off by a stirring performance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

It takes place at the Church of St John of Beverley, Whatton, on November 14, at 3pm.

The organ at Whatton church (49821080)
The organ at Whatton church (49821080)

After the concert there will be an opportunity for those who wish to play the organ to do so.

Entry is free but donations of around £10 are sought for the Whatton Organ Restoration Fund.

The capacity of the Church is 120 and the church remains keen to protect all who attend, so a degree of social distancing and the wearing of masks on entry would be appreciated.

The organ at Whatton church (49821072)
The organ at Whatton church (49821072)

It would be helpful to have an idea of numbers to expect, so please email Deborah Davies at cranmercompany@googlemail.com or phone 01949 851030 to let us know that you will be attending.

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