The organ has now been removed and the programme of restoration has begun. During this interim period, musical accompaniment will be supplied by a chamber organ, piano or another instrument.
FIFTY YEARS AGO witnessed the triumphant reopening of St Mark’s Church. Fire-bombed during the Second World War, it remained a hollow shell for more than 20 years until it was not so much restored as resurrected in 1963. An integral part of architect George Pace’s visionary design for the new building was the organ, to be built by Cousans of Lincoln.
Since then, the organ has become one of the church’s major assets. It underpins the vibrant musical tradition of St Mark’s and is regarded as Sheffield’s finest parish church organ. It is an essential part of the pattern of worship. But, equally, it serves a much wider community through concerts, recitals and tuition.
Although the organ has been tuned and cleaned annually since its installation, no major restorative programme has been carried out. After 50 years’ of service, it is now showing signs of age! If it is to continue to play a vital role in the worshiping life of the church, as well as serve the broader community, an extensive programme of restoration must be undertaken. For more details see St Mark’s Church Organ – Survey report 2013 or download the Organ Appeal Leaflet. See also the “inside story” on the organ by our Music Director Andrew Linn in the November 2013 edition of Mark’s Messenger.
This programme has been estimated at £100,000. Half of this sum can be borrowed from the church’s own investment which means that we need to raise at least £50,000. We will be applying for grants from outside charities, but we need to find much of this money from within the congregation as well as from the wider community that benefits from this wonderful instrument. Please support us by completing the Organ Appeal Response Pledge Form and returning it to David Ryder, St Mark’s honorary Treasurer.
Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.
On behalf of the Organ Sub-Group.