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Above and below: The console from the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ was returned to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Thursday (June 7th).

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Above and below: Plaques on the organ console.

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A welcome sight 

It's the news that some people have been waiting for for nearly 18 months... the console from the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ was returned to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray on Thursday (June 7th).

The large three manual detached console was removed on January 5th last year and taken to Renatus Ltd, at Bideford, Devon, for full restoration with new keyboards, pedal board and electrics.

The rest of the organ is currently being rebuilt and enlarged by Henry Groves & Son, Nottingham, and should be ready in the next few months. They began work on the partial dismantling of the instrument on Bank Holiday Monday, January 2nd last year, just before work started on the refurbishment of the beautiful church building.

To find out just what work has been carried out on the organ click here.

*The total cost of the refurbishment of the organ is about £170,000. Malcolm Sargent worked as Organist and Choirmaster at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, from 1914 to 1924, except for eight months in 1918 when he served as a private in the Durham Light Infantry during the First World War. He was chosen for the organist post over more than 150 other applicants.

At the same time, he worked on many musical projects in Leicester, Melton Mowbray and Stamford, where he not only conducted but also produced the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and others for amateur societies. The Prince of Wales and his entourage often hunted in Leicestershire and watched the annual Gilbert and Sullivan productions there, together with the Duke of York and other members of the Royal Family. At the age of 24, Malcolm Sargent became England's youngest Doctor of Music, with a degree from Durham.

A stained glass window in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is dedicated to Sir Malcolm Sargent.

To find out more about Sir Malcolm Sargent click here.


*The Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church is still ongoing. Find out how you can sponsor a pipe in the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ by clicking here. 

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A closer look at the pedals on the organ console.

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Above and below: Pipework which is being put back into the organ by Henry Groves & Son.

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Above and below: The organ is looking good in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.

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Phil Balding, 08/06/2018

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