‘The best bit is the reaction of people hearing the organ’

COMMUNITY Jenni Macindoe enjoys showing people the restored 18th century organ
COMMUNITY Jenni Macindoe enjoys showing people the restored 18th century organ
HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing back into Portsmouth

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Exciting developments are underway at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport, as we invite local residents to get up close with our newly restored 18th century organ.

My role as heritage development officer involves working with the local community to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience this fantastic instrument within our beautiful and welcoming venue.

We want people to enjoy it in a variety of ways: hearing it, playing it, or learning about its fascinating story.

I have a background in bringing historic venues to life for visitors and I was really excited to take on this new challenge as there is so much scope for involving the local community.

So far we’ve had school groups and youth clubs visit, organised a family activity morning and hosted French VIPs as part of the Royan twinning celebrations.

We’ve had great fun making music out of household objects, blowing organ pipes and even composing our own organ pieces.

The best bit for me has been the reaction of visitors, old and young, as they hear the awesome sound of the organ fill the building.

‘It’s like a real wedding,’ said one thrilled Newtown Primary School pupil.

Becoming increasingly popular is the programme of lunchtime recitals and afternoon concerts.

Thanks to our director of music we have been really lucky in attracting talented musicians from far and wide.

And we’re really proud that we can offer virtually all of these events at no cost.

So you can pop in and eat your sandwiches whilst soaking up a bit of culture and relaxation time.

Contact me on jenifermacindoe@yahoo.co.uk