75-th Anniversary

On Saturday 7 September The Church of King Charles the Martyr in Tunbridge Wells is holding a concert celebrating the exact 75-th  anniversary of the consecration of their splendid rebuilt organ by the Bishop of Rochester.
3 of the church’s current Organists will be joined by Paul Jeffery, who played there regularly in the 1980s, and Dr David Maw, Reader in Music at Oxford University and a distinguished solo organist, who began playing in the church as a young teenager.

The organ originally dates from 1867, with additions in 1909 and a major redesign in 1938 and Michael Bacon (who has been playing at King Charles for the last 26 years) has managed to discover the music which was played in all of the opening concerts and services from those dates. The concert will include many of those pieces, including Boellman’s popular Gothic Suite and Franck’s 3-rd Chorale, as well as a piece by Howells written in September 1938, and ending with an improvisation.
The concert will also mark the launch of a major fund for work on the organ’s complicated mechanism. Despite an overhaul in 1988 some of the instrument’s mechanism is becoming worn out, and a plan is being put in place to ensure its future for the coming half century or so. At least £60,000 will be needed and although most of the organ is still working well the PCC has decided that it’s better to plan for the future rather than waiting for a major failure before taking action.
The concert begins at 7.30, and admission is free. More information from Michael Bacon 01732 365898.

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