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Music and Concerts

Details of upcoming concerts, as well as news from the parish's two music departments (the choirs of St Mary's and St Peter's, along with the organs at All Saints, St Mary's and St Peter's) are posted here. See also the music pages for more general information about music in the Parish.

February
4
2011

The original organ at St Peter's was probably built by Lincoln in 1812 and lived on the gallery under the tower until 1878, when it was moved to the chamber on the north side of the chancel. By 1952 it had deteriorated badly and Fenton Wragg overhauled it, adding much material from the organ of St Columba's Church, Mansfield Road. Further overhauls and additions were made by Henry Willis in 1964 and Hill, Norman & Beard in 1983, but by the end of the 20th century there were further problems as much of the mechanism was wearing out. The additions over the years had not solved the problem of the organ being enclosed in a chamber with only two small arches to let the sound out. In particular, the pipes of the Pedal division were tucked away at the back of the chamber and could not be heard properly. When the electronics in the console failed in November 2007 it seemed unwise to spend any more money on the instrument.

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January
4
2011

The February 2011 series of St Peter's Coffee Break Concerts are devoted to celebrating the church's magnificent new organ.  All concerts start at 11am and last for one hour, with coffee & biscuits available from 10.15am. Admission free, with donations to the music fund welcome. Please see also the church music list, for details of the service music during this month of celebration of the new organ.

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December
16
2010

Despite setbacks over the past few months, work on the new organ for St Peter's is now in its final stages, and we hope that the organ will be used for the first time during the church's Christmas celebrations.  Come and see and hear this remarkable new instrument for yourself!

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November
7
2010

Congratulations to Andrew Davys, who successfully completed the Coast to Coast walk, in aid of the organ appeal, last month. Andrew raised an incredible £4,374. The 192 mile walk from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay was very challenging for Andrew, but he had lots of support from all at St Peter’s, and he overcame the pain and exhaustion to achieve this amazing accomplishment. Well done, Andrew!

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October
24
2010

It is with great disappointment that the Organ Festival Weekend advertised at St Peter's for 20th and 21st November has had to be postponed. We have been very seriously let down by one of the partners involved in the build, and despite many difficult conversations over the past two weeks, the situation cannot be rectified in time for the planned celebrations. Whereas the pipes and new casework now stand tantalizingly in the chancel balcony and behind the restored North Aisle case, the organ's console still languishes in a factory in Oregon, awaiting a final, but vital, piece of equipment. It is this that has required the dreadfully disappointing decision to postpone the Bishop's dedication and the David Briggs recital. Instead, the new organ will be brought into commission over the next couple of months and we hope, following some words of blessing at a morning service, used during the Advent and Christmas season. The formal dedication will be rescheduled for the New Year, and the February gala series of Coffee Break Concerts will go ahead as planned, starting with the gala recital given by Paul Hale, who has been of tremendous support during this difficult time. David Briggs has agreed to reschedule his recital and 2011 dates are being explored.

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October
24
2010

Construction work began this week in the St Peter's organ loft. Modular Pipe Organ Systems are now mid-way through the construction of the Great and Choir organ chests, and the new Choir organ casework has been erected. See the photo page for Michael Leuty's photo diary of the construction.

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October
3
2010

Visitors and members of the congregation will notice that the newly restored eighteenth century front pipes from the North Aisle case have now been reinstated. Installation of the new organ will continue during the latter half of October - watch out in particular for the new console and the new Choir organ case in the chancel balcony! Fundraising continues as the appeal is still some £10,000 from its target.

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opening hours

The Parish Office

Monday 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

St Peter's

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

St Mary's

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 3pm

For information on service times at All Saints', St Mary's & St Peter's, visit the services page

location

Map of All Saints', St Mary's and St Peter's churches, and the Parish office

All Saints' Church - Raleigh Street, NG7 4DP
St Mary's Church - High Pavement, NG1 1HN
St Peter's Church - St Peter's Gate, NG1 2NW

contact details

Please contact the Parish Office for details of any events or to get in touch with a member of staff.

The office is situated on the upper floor of the St Peter's Centre, on the south side of St Peter's Church and adjacent to Marks & Spencer.

The Parish Office

The Parish Office
St Peter's Centre, St Peter's Square
Nottingham, United Kingdom,
NG1 2NW

0115 948 3658 (+44 115 948 3658 outside the UK)

office@nottinghamchurches.org

Further information

If you wish to trace a former resident or member of the parish, please address your requests to the Nottinghamshire Archives.


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