Trinity raises over £21,000 for Organ Project

Alumni | 3rd April 2019

Over £21,000 has been raised for the Trinity Organ Project following a fundraising concert held last month.

Students, staff, parents, governors and alumni, together with guest professional singers Katharine Fuge, Mae Heydorn, William Blake and Russell Matthews, gathered to sing in a choral concert to raise funds for our Trinity Organ Project.

The concert opened with Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, conducted by Trinity’s Head of Singing, Katharine Fuge, with wonderful performances by Deputy Head Boy Quentin-Zach Martins as Aeneas, and Lower Sixth form student Elizabeth Fitzpatrick as Dido.

Christopher Dowie, organist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, formerly Director of Music at Wimborne Abbey, and whose relationship with Trinity goes back to the very first Trinity Chorister’s course 50 years ago, was delighted to perform Sigfrid Karg-Elert’s Chorale Prelude on ‘Nun danket alle Gott’ on an organ borrowed for this event. We hope his performance will herald the return of uplifting organ music to Trinity for many years to come!

The concert culminated in a 112-strong choir comprising students, staff, parents, governors and alumni singing a rousing rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus’ Mozart Requiem, conducted by Director of Music, David Swinson.

Christopher Dowie with some of our students

Thanks to the generosity of parents and alumni, we have already raised over £21,500 for the Organ Fund to date. Donations are still being received, and we hope to be able to purchase a cathedral style three manual electrophonic organ for our Concert Hall, and a smaller, mechanical pipe organ for our new Recital Hall, once we have raised enough funds.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the concert and for your continued support of music at Trinity. We hope you all enjoyed the evening which, as quoted by a parent “was a truly memorable event”.

The Trinity Organ Project aims to raise £50,000 plus the cost of installation for the two instruments, so if you would like to help us bring the sound of the organ back to the heart of Trinity and would like to donate, please contact David Swinson, Director of Music, or go to our fundraising page to find out more and make a donation. Thank you.