Cash bid for historic organ

Essex County Standard: Chairman of the Friends of Moot Hall Organ Nigel Chapman in front of the historic instrument. Chairman of the Friends of Moot Hall Organ Nigel Chapman in front of the historic instrument.

A NEW musical masterpiece could be commissioned for Colchester’s famous Oyster Feast.


The work is part of a series of initiatives put forward as part of a £368,000 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.


The cash is needed to restore the historic Moot Hall organ which has fallen into a state of disrepair.


The organ, which was installed when Colchester Town Hall was completed in 1902, was previously used at numerous civic occasions including the feast and mayor making.


However, it has deteriorated to such a state where it can no longer be used.
A campaign group, the Friends of the Moot Hall Organ, was set up to get funding for the restoration of the organ.


An initial bid to the lottery fund was successful and now the Friends are waiting anxiously to hear if their supplementary bid has been successful.

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8:08pm Mon 7 Jan 13

jut1972 says...

Be nice if it was used for concerts for the general public, not just civic occasions.

Otherwise there are more worthy causes the lottery should focus on.
Be nice if it was used for concerts for the general public, not just civic occasions. Otherwise there are more worthy causes the lottery should focus on. jut1972

9:42pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Boris says...

jut1972 wrote:
Be nice if it was used for concerts for the general public, not just civic occasions.

Otherwise there are more worthy causes the lottery should focus on.
Agreed. Maybe 2 or 3 times a year the mayor could invite residents to an organ concert, for the benefit of a charity.
[quote][p][bold]jut1972[/bold] wrote: Be nice if it was used for concerts for the general public, not just civic occasions. Otherwise there are more worthy causes the lottery should focus on.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Maybe 2 or 3 times a year the mayor could invite residents to an organ concert, for the benefit of a charity. Boris

10:24pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Reginald47 says...

Great idea Boris and jut.
Great idea Boris and jut. Reginald47

10:53am Tue 8 Jan 13

Im_Like_HELLO says...

Good points. I wasn't even aware there was an organ at Moot Hall until news of its dilapidated state reached the papers. So its profile needs to be raised by holding more concerts for the general public.
Good points. I wasn't even aware there was an organ at Moot Hall until news of its dilapidated state reached the papers. So its profile needs to be raised by holding more concerts for the general public. Im_Like_HELLO

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