New Bursary applicants are welcome.
”Listen, and for organ music thou wilt ever, as of
old, hear the Morning Stars sing together.”
- Thomas Carlyle
“There is nothing to playing the organ. You only
have to hit the right notes at the right time and the
instrument plays itself.”
- Johann Sebastian Bach
Our Musical Director, Mary Knight, is the organist at
St.Mary’s church, Easebourne, having taken over that
post after the death of John Broadbent, Mary’s former
teacher and founder of the Midhurst Music Society.
MMS has established a bursary, in memory of John, for
teaching young people to play the organ and to be
involved in church music.
Many schoolchildren learn to play the piano, either being
taught at school or privately but rarely do they have any
experience of playing the organ. Young people with an
aptitude for music and with some experience of playing
the piano are invited to visit Easebourne St.Mary’s church
where Mary will introduce them to the organ and give
them an opportunity to play it. If any wish to proceed
with lessons then they will be invited to join the church
choir and take lessons from Mary. This will give pupils
experience of church music and the role of the organ and
will eventually offer opportunities to play for services. The
Bursary will pay for the organ lessons and possibly for
participation in relevant courses, festivals etc.
Mary at the City Hall Organ console
Mary then had an unexpected opportunity to play
the world’s largest tracker (mechanical) action organ
in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Entertaining
tourists in the hall with an impromptu recital
During a holiday in the Antipodes Mary was invited to
attend an organ recital in Sydney City Hall where
Robert Ampt, Sydney City Organist, introduced young
players aged between 17 and 7 years who performed
on the enormous organ with great skill and confidence.
In conversation with Robert after the concert Mary was
encouraged to continue with the bursary and to
introduce young people to “The King of Instruments”.
Opera House Concert Hall Organ