What we do 

Free Recitals 190 by 82   Lunchtime Organ Recitals

Our organ in St. Marys Melton Mowbray has had a wonderful history, serving not only the churchgoers of but also the many who come to hear the on-going twice monthly free lunchtime organ recitals with guest organists.  The Lunchtime Recital Series first held in 1999 provides an interesting and enjoyable interlude of music on busy Market Days in Melton. Over 1200 people attended the 23 recitals in 2015

While the church itself dates from 1170, the first organ must have been installed in medieval times because, during the Reformation, the inventory noted “an ancient organ case.” Sir Malcolm Sargent became St. Mary’s organist in 1914 at the age of 19, his first professional musical position. Sargent was chosen for the organist post over more than 150 other applicants. Sargent went on to have an illustrious career included co-founding the London Philharmonic, playing an important part in saving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from disbandment in the 1960’s. As chief conductor of the Proms from 1948 to 1967, Sargent was one of the best-known English conductors of his day. In 2010 our Organ was  dedicated as the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memoral Organ in memory of his time at St Mary's.  Learn more about our organ here.

Today we keep the love of music alive with our free lunchtime recitals.  Our guest organists come from far and wide to play our wonderful organ.

All recitals are on a second or fourth Tuesday of each month, begin at 1.10PM and refreshments are available.  There is a retiring collection for the Church Organ Fund. We aim to finish by 2.00pm

Our current  programme is as follows:



January 12th       Edgars Cuzinskis, Organist, United Reformed Church, Melton Mowbray

January 26th       Carl Heslop, Organist, St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold

February 9th        Kevin Slingsby, Director of Music, All Saints Parish Church, Oakham

February 23rd      Simon Headley, Assistant Director of Music, Leicester Cathedral

March 22nd          Ian Orr, Organist Emeritus, St Thomas', South Wigston

April 12th             Keith Morgan, A former Director of Music, St Mary's, Melton Mowbray

April 26th             Ron Berry, Organist, St Luke's, Thurnby

May 10th             Anne de Graeve, A former Director of Music, St Mary's, Melton Mowbray

May 24th             Roxanne Summerfield, Assistant organist, St Jame's the Greater, Leicester.

June 14th            Keith Hearnshaw, Concert Organist

June 28th            Richard Morgan, Norway

July12th               Stephen Power, Assistant organist, Brecon Cathedral and Christ College, Brecon

July 26th              Geoffrey Gratton, Chesterfield  

August 9th           James Gutteridge, Director of Music, St Mary's, Melton Mowbray

August 23rd         Lee Rooke, Assistant Organist, St Peter's and All Saints, Nottingham

September 13th    Anthony Pinel, Director of Music, St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury

September 27th    John Keys, Director of Music, St Mary's Church, Nottingham

October 11th         Paul Derrett, International Organ Recitalist

October 25th        Christopher Ouvry-Johns, Director of Music, Leicester Cathedral

November 8th      Tim Lees, Director of Music, St Mary, Humberstone, Leicester

November 22nd    Ian Imlay, Organist,St Nicholas Church, Leicester

December 13th     James Gutteridge, Director of Music, St Mary's, Melton Mowbray with St Mary's Church Choir. A Festive Recital









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A real festive treat 
A large crowd attended the last organ recital to be held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, before the re-ordering project is completed next year, when James Gutteridge entertained on Tuesday (December 13th). More ...
What a fantastic finish!
What better way to finish this year's lunchtime organ recitals in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, than with our own Director of Music, James Gutteridge and members of St Mary's Church Choir and the Melton Mowbray Choral Society! More ...
Phil Balding