A TOP musician will be returning to Malvern to celebrate the arrival of a new organ at a town church

The arrival of the new instrument at Holy Trinity Church, Link Top, Malvern, will be officially celebrated next weekend.

Saturday, January 12, will see an organ recital played by former Chase High School pupil Liam Cartwright.

At the age of 16, Mr Cartwight was named Worcestershire Young Musician of the Year, before studying at the Royal College of Music.

He now lives in Oxford, is director of music at High Wycombe parish church and gives organ recitals all over the country.

Charles Pavey, organist and choirmaster at Holy Trinity, said: “I first knew Liam in the early years of this century when he played the piano for Malvern Light Opera Society which I conducted at that time.

"Although Liam was still to start higher education in London, he was already establishing himself as a well-respected musician in and around Malvern.

"We are really looking forward to welcoming Liam back to Malvern for what will be a brilliant afternoon of organ music.”

The recital starts at 2.30pm and will include interval refreshments.

The following day, there will be a service of dedication with the Archdeacon

of Worcester, Robert Jones, starting at 10.30am.

The music will be led by Holy Trinity’s Augmented Choir, conducted by Charles Pavey. Both he and assistant organist Billy Colbourne will take turns on the organ seat, concluding the service with a celebratory duet.

Mr Colbourne said: "We raised the money required for the new organ in a year from September 2017 and it was installed as promised, in time for Christmas - just.

"We would like to thank everybody who has supported the project and made it possible and hope that they will be able to join us over the weekend.”

Tickets for Saturday's recital cost £10 (18s and under free) and are available from 01684 561126 or at Burley’s Hairdressers, Worcester Road.They will also be available on the door. Proceeds will go to Christian Aid.