A CELEBRATION concert is being held tonight at a village church to mark the completion of a major project to save its pipe organ.
The Lichfield Cathedral Organist, Martyn Rawles, will be putting the refurbished organ, at the Church of the Holy Angels, in Hoar Cross, through its paces.
He will also accompanying the Needwood Singers in a concert designed to show off the capabilities of this historic instrument, which has been silent for over 40 years.
After about a 100 years of use, the organ finally fell silent due to poor maintenance and has remained unused and deteriorating since the mid 1970s.
The remarkable rescue operation was made possible by a generous gift by a local family who funded a detailed study into how the organ could be restored and subsequently paid for the whole rebuilding project.
By a remarkable coincidence, the firm that originally installed the instrument, Bishop and Sons, successfully tendered for the work, some 140 years after their first involvement.
The project has taken nearly 18 months to complete and involved dismantling the instrument, cleaning and where necessary replacing parts and then rebuilding it in its original form.
The concert starts tonight at 7.30pm.