Choir going for an anniversary song

Market Rasen church choir pictured with world renowned composer John Rutter (kneeling)
Market Rasen church choir pictured with world renowned composer John Rutter (kneeling)

THE choir and organists at a Market Rasen church are busy preparing for a special anniversary concert.

St Thomas’ Church in the Market Place is holding a concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the choir’s affiliation to the Royal School of Church Music and the 100th birthday of the organ.

The organ, installed at St.Thomas’ Church about 15 years ago, was originally from a Methodist chapel in Stockton-on-Tees.

It was built in 1912 by self-taught organ builder Thomas Pendlebury of Leigh in Lancashire.

St Thomas’ Church choirmaster and deputy organist Simon Cole said: “Interestingly, in 1923 he invented and patented a dual control system for the motor car so that a learner driver could be taken onto the road with an extra degree of safety.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the concert on Saturday, May 5 at 7.30pm. Entry is free – however there will be a collection for church funds.

The concert will be followed by refreshments in the church room.