Stencilling Lecture and Workshops

P1050587On Sunday Eizabeth Holford (of Elizabreth Holford and Associates) visited St John’s to carry out a couple of Stencilling Workshops and to talk aboutthe work carrie out to restore the decoration on Betty’s wooden and zinc display pipes. Initially, during the Sunday morning service, she joined the BLAST children (aged 8 to 13 years) to show them how to make pictures using stencils which Elizabeth Holford had made from the stencilled images found on Betty’s zinc display pipes. The group leader also talked to the children about organs and showed them images of different pipe decoration. At the same time the younger Kids’ Club groups (Pebbles, Sand and Gravel) also did stencilling relating it to the story of the day. Continue reading

Betty takes back the pipes

On Sunday Betty took over from the imposter at the end of the first verse of the first hymn. It’s great to have a member of the family back with us.

A prayer of thanksgiving for Betty’s restoration:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who before your dying and being resurrected sang a hymn of praise with your disciples, we thank you for the safe return of Betty, who has also been resurrected from her perished state. As we are stirred up by Betty’s uniting of many voices together in one song, so may the Holy Spirit unite us with you in songs of praise and glory to God the Father Almighty. Amen.

Reckless Giving Prom Concert – Sunday 4th October 2015


On Sunday, at 11:30, after the morning service at St John’s, Betty will feature in a concert to raise money for Reckless Giving 2015 charities. The concert is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and will feature the choral scholars of St John’s Hyde Park, accompanied by St John’s organist Nick Miller, performing timeless anthems. Including:
Zadok the Priest, Handel
Easter Hymn, Mascagni Gloria,Vivaldi
Va Pensiero,Verdi
IWas Glad,Parry
and a collection of Spirituals


Practical Completion and Handover

Today, after 66 days re-installing, 220 days after Nicholson’s team arrived at St John’s Hyde Park and 150 years after originally being installed into the West end gallery at St John’s, Betty is ready for playing again. Andrew Moyes, Managing Director of Nicholson, was on site today, with the Organ Consultant, Dr John Rowntree, to review the installation and handover the keys to The Reverend Stephen Mason, Vicar of St John’s Hyde Park.

Practical Completion Handover

Over the next 30 days before the organ is signed off, Betty will be put through her paces, and a detailed log of any snags or faults kept. The Nicholson’s team have been extremely helpful and commented regularly on the quality of the sound the instrument provides. If you are an organist and interested in putting your hand to Betty, contact the Music Director at