Organist entertains


Readers of Rye News have frequently attended events organised by the Friends of St Peter’s, Newenden. This season their major events include “An Evening with Jonty Driver,” poet, philosopher and one time anti-apartheid activist, in St Peter’s on Friday, March 27 2020.

Please support the next event in St Peter’s, Newenden, a talk to be given on Friday November 15, at 7:30pm by Martin Renshaw.

The organ in St Peter’s is listed amongst this country’s most historic instruments. For many years it has been maintained by Martin Renshaw, who looks after many such instruments in this country and abroad.

Martin is a fascinating man. His expertise is not restricted to maintaining and playing the organ. A boy chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, and a tenor lay clerk in the choir of Canterbury cathedral for several years, he is now a published author. His book, The ABC of a Medieval Church, is the first book to explain the functional, musical and liturgical reasons for features found in our ancient places of worship. Martin’s talk is entitled “Quires and Places where they Sang”, and he will illustrate his talk with organ playing and singing.

Tickets, at £15, can be reserved by contacting and they will be available at the door. The ticket price includes a free glass of wine or soft drink on arrival.

Image Credits: Anthony Dawson .

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