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Church is looking for a new organ player for its services

SEARCH The Rev Martin Whitell is minister at John Pounds Memorial Church, Old Portsmouth. The church is seeking a new organist

SEARCH The Rev Martin Whitell is minister at John Pounds Memorial Church, Old Portsmouth. The church is seeking a new organist

  • by The Rev Martin Whitell
 

THE John Pounds Unitarian church is spoilt for choice with organs.

The only problem is quite often there is no one around who can play them.

We’re looking for a new organist to play for our services.

The church’s previous organist retired last summer: he had played for the church for around 20 years.

Some of the church’s services are covered by organ players from nearby churches. However, Sunday mornings often cause a drought of those organ players because they play at their own churches.

An average of 50 people attend the Sunday services.

Church organs bring a sense of sacredness to the room they have a very distinctive sound.

The people in the congregation enjoy singing to it.

The church has two types of organs. There’s a pipe one which is listed and dates back to around 1870.

The other is digital and is intended to be used after the church’s renovation which is set to cost around £40,000.

We are well blessed with organs, just not with organ players.

Church members’ positive outlook about the lack of organ players has allowed them to refresh the church’s music.

The church now has a variety of modern and traditional sounds, and members often improvise with a violin and the church’s grand piano.

Portsmouth Grammar School hold assemblies at the church weekly and often some of their pupils play the church’s organs.

It’s just a shame that the people who worship here don’t get to hear it.

To play the church organ, email theoffice@johnpounds.org.uk.

 

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