The remarkable church organ at Brompton Regis has been restored.
The historic instrument was first created in Southwark in 1872, by the leading Victorian organ builder Thomas Lewis and it came to the village in 1897 through a remarkable fundraising effort by the parishioners, as their way of commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Experts have been thrilled to find such an outstanding instrument in an Exmoor village, especially as it is structurally unaltered. It has even been granted a Historic Organ Certificate by the British Institute of Organ Studies.
In 2012, the corresponding year of the present Queen’s reign, the PCC decided to honour and emulate their predecessors’ achievement by raising funds to carry out a full and authentic restoration of an instrument that was creaking, wheezing and on its last legs.
In just a year £28,000 was raised; a few months further on the restoration is complete and the organ is fit for another century, restored to its original power and tonal quality.
This Friday, 4 July at 7.30, there will be a celebratory recital by Andrew Daldorph, and on 3 August the Archdeacon of Taunton will re-dedicate the instrument at a united benefice service.
Andrew Daldorph is a distinguished composer and conductor, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and Director of the East Devon Choral Society and the Exeter Chamber Choir. His Mass for Life and Jazz Psalms have recently been performed in Exeter Cathedral. He is also an outstanding jazz pianist.
In the first half of the recital he will play classical works. After the interval (wine, tea and coffee available) Andrew will bring his special flair to arrangements of popular songs, spirituals and jazz numbers for the organ.
Cameras and screens will show his hands and feet at work.
There will be no entry charge or advance ticketing – simply turn up and enjoy the music. There will be a retiring collection for the future maintenance of our historic and newly restored instrument.
The George Inn (01398 371273) is open for food from 6pm. There is parking there and behind the village hall.
For more information on the organ and the project visit www.bromptonregis.com/organ