”Listen, and for organ music thou wilt ever, as of old, hear the Morning Stars sing together.”- Thomas Carlyle“There is nothing to playing the organ. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself.”- Johann Sebastian Bach
Our Musical Director, Mary Knight, is the organist at St.Mary’s church, Easebourne, having taken over that post after the death of John Broadbent, Mary’s former teacher and founder of the Midhurst Music Society. MMS has established a bursary, in memory of John, for teaching young people to play the organ and to be involved in church music.Many schoolchildren learn to play the piano, either being taught at school or privately but rarely do they have any experience of playing the organ. Young people with an aptitude for music and with some experience of playing the piano are invited to visit Easebourne St.Mary’s church where Mary will introduce them to the organ and give them an opportunity to play it. If any wish to proceed with lessons then they will be invited to join the church choir and take lessons from Mary. This will give pupils experience of church music and the role of the organ and will eventually offer opportunities to play for services. The Bursary will pay for the organ lessons and possibly for participation in relevant courses, festivals etc.
Mary at the City Hall Organ console
Mary then had an unexpected opportunity to play the world’s largest tracker (mechanical) action organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
During a holiday in the Antipodes Mary was invited to attend an organ recital in Sydney City Hall where Robert Ampt, Sydney City Organist, introduced young players aged between 17 and 7 years who performed on the enormous organ with great skill and confidence. In conversation with Robert after the concert Mary was encouraged to continue with the bursary and to introduce young people to “The King of Instruments”.