Last recital for the old organ

PUBLISHED: 10:25 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:18 15 June 2010

A CENTURY-old Lyme Regis organ is set to be played for the last time before being dismantled next week. The 1907 Hele organ, at St Michael s Parish Church, will be played by Alex Davies on April 8.

A CENTURY-old Lyme Regis organ is set to be played for the last time before being dismantled next week.

The 1907 Hele organ, at St Michael's Parish Church, will be played by Alex Davies on April 8.

Mr Davies will play a sequence of organ music for Holy Week with suitable readings read by Sandra Lello and the Rev Keith Vivian. Music will include Bach, Howells, Dupre and Arvo Part. This reflective event, lasting about 45 minutes will be the last recital on the Hele organ before it is dismantled immediately after Easter, to make ready the gallery floor area for the new organ.

He said: "The ageing Hele instrument has done a remarkable job providing music for the people of Lyme Regis and visitors on a regular basis for more than 100 years, despite it limping along, coughing and spluttering the last few! Much of the music I will be playing suits the particular character of the instrument, as well as the Christian themes of Holy Week and I hope the evening will be a significant part in a fitting conclusion of its life here in Lyme Regis after Easter."

There will be no admission charge.

The appeal has raised more than £252,000 to date and has already placed the order for the new Skrabl organ, which will arrive in late September for installation and completion by Christmas. The new instrument design has been described by leading experts as one of the most exciting organ projects in the south west of England for more than 50 years.

The appeal committee is looking for able volunteers to help with the dismantling of the old organ and assistance with the gallery floor work. Interested people should contact Mr Davies on (01297) 442596. More details can be found at www.lymeregisorganappeal.com

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