Croydon Minster to hold 30-hour ‘hymnathon’ to raise money to repair church organ


By - Wednesday 8th June, 2016

On Friday 1st July until Saturday 2nd July, Croydon Minster will hold a thirty hour ‘hymnathon’ to raise funds to repair its historic church organ.


Photo by Croydon Minster, used with permission.

Release begins: Between Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2, groups of singers will gather to sing their way through the New English Hymnal to raise funds for Croydon Minster’s celebrated 1869 William Hill organ, which is in urgent need of restoration and repair. The event will culminate in a gala concert on July 2 at 7pm featuring a countdown of favourite hymns voted for by the public, accompanied by the organ and guest musicians.

 “We think it will take about 30 hours to sing the 500 hymns in the hymn book”, says Tom Little, the Minster’s Sub Organist, who along with Organ Scholar Nick Graham is running the event. “Nick and I will be there for the entire 30 hours, as will a few others, but we invite people to turn up and sing whenever they can.”

“The organ is in serious trouble”, he adds. “Notes regularly don’t work and stops are falling away week by week. If we don’t reach our target for this organ appeal, we really will lose most of our organ. If this were to happen, our music programme would struggle to continue as it does now. Indeed, South London’s only real choral foundation may disappear altogether without a working instrument.

Many people think of Croydon as that place that had the riots a few years ago,” adds Graham. “We want to remind people of the jewel in Croydon’s crown: a historic and beautiful church with a fantastic music programme that trains local young people from all backgrounds in the church choral tradition, many of whom go on to make careers in music.”

Croydon Minster’s Choral Foundation boasts 4 choirs with a total of over 70 boys, girls and adults singing services all through the week, in addition to presenting a number of public concerts throughout the year. The Minster forges links with local schools and is proud of the truly multi-cultural membership of the choirs.

“Anyone is welcome to sing, donate or just come and listen,” says Little. “If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in church in the early hours of the morning, this is your chance!”

 For more information or to take part, email ; or to donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/croydon-hymnathon.

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Minster.

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