Concert to celebrate the rebuilding of Huntington Church organ and to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas


On Saturday, November 1st, the final event of 2014 of the Friends of St. Thomas a Becket Church, Huntington, will take place in the church.

This special concert is to celebrate the re-building of the organ, with sounds as yet unheard, following its restoration by Peter Hughes.  The restoration has been made possible from the legacy donated by Mrs. Dorothy Jack and the concert is given in gratitude both for her generosity and for the many contributions made to the church by the Jack family over the years.  A plaque to the Jack Family will be unveiled at the event.

 The Huntington organist Stephen Gilling has been playing this organ for 52 years, when he began with a hand-pumped organ. He and Peter Hughes will be playing popular pieces from Aaron Copland and from Bach to Fauré.  In addition, Mai Jones, who is a former actress and was trained with Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris,  will be reading amusing and poignant extracts from the best of Dylan Thomas, with Allan Lloyd, who needs no introduction.   Other local musicians will be appearing including a choir, the trumpeter Stuart Brain, Ann James, clavinova and even the Revd. Dennis Parry, who is a fine cellist and recorder player.

Stephen Gilling 

Stephen Gilling