The Heritage Lottery award provides the opportunity for an interactive and exciting education programme. This will take the form of a scheme with Titchmarsh Primary School and provide the children with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about the workings of the church organ, see it in its dismantled state and during the re-assembly process.
A music activities week in June will see experienced 'animateur' Duncan Chapman working with the children and demonstrating the principles of how the organ works, making simple instruments and composition sessions. He will be joined by local musician, Nick Penny, who is already familiar with Titchmarsh School.
Apart from the children, there will be occasions during the restoration process for the villagers and interested local groups to attend lectures by leading experts in the field Once re-commissioned, the organ will be used by the internationally acclaimed Oundle for Organists scheme, providing their student organists a rare opportunity to play a Lewis organ.
As a result of the restoration project, it is anticipated that St Mary’s will become a venue for top class organ recitals for many years to come, and provide villagers with a wonderful asset for future generations.