Donors fund 'little Tickell' Organ

Organ building is a niche occupation and one of the most well-respected craftsmen of recent times is the late Kenneth Tickell.

In 2005, and thanks to the generosity of a large number of donors, College commissioned an organ from him and this beautiful three-manual instrument is used daily in the Princess Hall for Prayers, Sunday services, lessons, concerts and practice.

The art of playing the organ is appealing to an increasing number of students and there are now 13 having tuition, and a former CLC Organ Scholar is currently Organ Scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford. So when a rare early example of Kenneth Tickell’s work – a beautiful one-manual mechanical action organ built in 1991 was to be offered for sale, there was an eager desire to see if it could be acquired. This time a handful of wonderful donors stepped in at very short notice.

The vendors, Abbey Centre Baptist Church, graciously gave College first option to purchase, with a month in which to raise the funds. They felt this honoured the original donor of the organ to the Abbey Centre – one Miss Winifred Throssell, who gave the organ in memory of her sister Mrs Beatrice Griffin. Our two communities share a delight that this beautiful instrument is now being used in the Parabola Arts Centre by the next generation of young organists.

In addition to the benefits of an extra practice and small concert instrument for College, plans for the year include sharing the ‘little Tickell’ with local primary schools.