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Thanks to a mystery donor Westminster College is able to pull out the stops

Thanks to the generous gift of an anonymous donor Westminster College has recently been able to undertake a much needed restoration of its chapel organ.
Work by Stephen and Charles Hall began in August 2015 and was completed in November last year.

Organ rededication aerial 3On Saturday 13th February 2016 students, staff and friends of the college gathered in the college chapel to rededicate the organ.
The service was led by the college Principal, Revd Neil Thorogood, and the Convenor of Westminster College Board of Governors, Revd Nigel Uden.

 

Organ rededication reception Stephen and Charles Hall

The preacher was Revd Ray Adams. An alumnus of the college, Revd Adams began by speaking of his formative years during which being an organist had been particularly influential.

 

 

Organ rededication L-R Nigel Neil RayThe organ was played for the occasion by Mr Ian De Massini who is the musical director of St Columba’s, Cambridge. The service concluded with a breath-taking performance by Cambridge Voices of David Willcocks’ Sing! which was a setting for the Toccata written by Charles-Marie Widor for organ and choir. Organ rededication Ian Da MassiniOrgan rededication Cambridge Voices

 

Organe rededication reception L-R John Neil Joan
At a reception after the service those gathered were able to thank Mr John Turner for his commitment to the college
over many years, both as an organist and as a valued committee member.