Waltham Abbey Church Heritage Organ Appeal
From Thomas Tallis to Jo Brand may seem a long way, but not so.
Thomas Tallis (1505-85) was organist at Waltham Abbey and is also one of England’s greatest composers.
Jo Brand is one of Britain’s best-loved comediennes and is also a keen organist having taken up the instrument again in 2007 as part of a BBC TV series. This culminated in her performance on the newly-restored Albert Hall organ. We were delighted when Jo agreed to become a Patron for our Heritage Organ Appeal.
Jo said, “The new Albert Hall organ is fantastic and it was great to play. But it is equally important to ensure that churches and concert halls in other parts of the country have good instruments as well.”
About the appeal
Waltham Abbey Church Heritage Organ Appeal was launched in July 2008 to replace the existing pipe organ which has served the church for the last 150 years.
In five years we have raised £200,000 and have searched the country (and abroad) for a suitable instrument.
In 2012 we found a quality instrument in need of restoration located in a church in Lancashire. We are now raising the extra £220,000 needed to remove it, restore it and install it in the Abbey Church.
We are doing this by applying for grants and through a Sponsor-a-Pipe appeal that we will be launching soon.
Click here for more about the Organ Appeal.
To find out about appeal events, see the Calendar.