A YEAR ago this month, Holy Trinity Church at Link Top in Malvern started a project to replace the current organ.

The fundraising for the project reaches its climax on Saturday, September 29 when the church is staging a ten-hour plus music marathon. It will be a day of musical celebration with performers from all over Worcestershire and beyond.

Starting at 10.30am, performers include Vital Spark (A west gallery quire), Phoenix Singers (A Capella Choir), The KayJays with Mike Astles who perform 1960s and other songs, The Trench Choir with its songs from the time of World War One and Martin Thorne and Company which is a contemporary and world music group.

As a contrast, there will also be a performance by the handbell group McClean Ringers.

There will be performances on the current organ by Graham Davies and John Raine, both of whom live in West Malvern, with piano and other instrumental music being provided by Elizabeth Tebby Germaine, The Charman Family Players and a new group called Handel with Care.

One of the other attractions for the day will be the singing of Holy Trinity’s Top Ten Hymns at a come and sing session at 3.30pm led by Holy Trinity’s choir – this will be the result of a poll asking the congregation to vote for its favourite hymns.

The director of music at Holy Trinity, Charles Pavey, has also invited some of his current and ex-students to perform and one of them, Billy Colbourne, has helped to create this event.

Charles said: “We have been overwhelmed with support for the organ project and the music marathon will showcase a stunning spectrum of music performed by many people who are willing to offer their time and talent; there will be a considerable variety of music from many countries across several centuries, all in one place.

"We have called it a day of musical celebration and it will be!”

Performance times for the day are on display around the church and can be found on the organ project website: www.holytrinitymalvernorganproject.btck.co.uk

Admission on September 29 costs £3 for one performance or £10 for all day (come and go as you please); 18s and under can get in for free. Light refreshments will be available and for further information, call 01684 893590 or 07535 568847.