Posted: 20.10.19 at 16:48 by The Editor
St Guthlac’s Church is holding a thanksgiving and rededication service for its newly refurbished organ next Sunday (27 Oct).
Bishop of Grantham The Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain will be leading the 10am service at the historic Market Deeping church.
A highlight of the service will be the world premier of the anthem 'Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord', by internationally-renowned and respected composer Alan Bullard, played on the organ and sung by the choir.
Peter Davies, Director of Music at St Guthlac's Church told Deepings Nub News: "The anthem, an exciting adaptation of Psalm 100, brings together choir and organ in a musical fanfare of supreme quality, subtlety and celebration.
"Commissioned specifically for the service, we are delighted that Alan and Janet Bullard will be present with us to celebrate the rededication."
The service of celebration is the culmination of almost two years' fundraising by the church and its supporters to complete the 137-year-old William Hill-built pipe organ restoration project.
Described by independent organ adviser and internationally-renowned recitalist Paul Hale as a ‘superb little instrument having enormous potential’ the work included replacing the original bellows leather, installing new pipes to add to the range of sound the organ can produce and refurbishment of the keyboards.
The church was awarded £40,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HFL) towards the project and to fund an exciting programme of educational opportunities and musical events for the community - including the commissioning of the rededication service anthem.
Additional grants were secured to help reach the project's £80,000 target, but a large proportion of the money was raised by the church and its supporters who held a host of fund-raising events from sponsored carol singing to selling Advent crafts, quizzes to a barn dance, as well as a sponsored parachute jump, beer and wine tasting evenings and an auction of time and skills pledges.
The fundraising total eventually exceeded the target figure and this surplus money will be used to launch a bursary to help train young organists.
St Guthlac's has a strong musical tradition and the organ is not only used every week for worship and to lead the congregation and choir's singing, but also for musical and choral events and special occasions.