The pipe organ at Bishop Street Methodist Church is ranked among the top handful of Leicester's pipe organs. With a three manual Hill Norman and Beard console and casework that dates back possibly to the time of Father Smith, it both looks and sounds both impressive and harmonious.
We are delighted to report that the Organ Restoration fund has received a massive boost with £44,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This goes towards a total project cost of £92,000, and with our own fundraising, a legacy, grants from our district and circuit and the Historic Churches Trust we are now within £7,000 of the required total.
On granting the Heritage Lottery fund award, Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said,
This is an instrument that has accompanied many special moments in Bishop Street Methodist Church's history but is now clearly in need of repair. With the church's bicentenary this year, it's also a timely moment to make this National Lottery investment which will ensure the powerful sounds of the historic organ echo out over the pews for many years to come
Revd Fran Rhys, Bishop Street Minister says,
We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are optimistic that the organ restoration project will take the church's arts and spirituality outreach in the city centre from strength to strength
Project completed: by Spring 2017 the completion of all the internal restoration was achieved, and the bedding in of the tuning and the odd gremlin sorted out. Our Sunday services are now enjoying the full range of sounds the organ can produce. We held a Celebration Concert by Simon Headley, of Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 30th September 2017, and will be enjoying an 'Organ Demonstration and talk' on the restoration project by PAUL HALE, Organist Emeritus at Southwell Minster, on Saturday 10th March 2018, 7.30pm. Tickets on the door: Adults £10.00, Concessions £8.00. Interval drink included.