Holy Trinity Church, Gosport: The Handel Organ Restoration and Heritage Outreach Project
A church organ with rare and historically important connections, including Georg Frederick Handel, has been fully restored and its heritage explained in a wide-ranging educational programme.
The Grade II* listed instrument comprises eight ranks of pipes from the original built in 1720 by respected organ builder Abraham Jordan. It had been commissioned by the First Duke of Chandos and was originally installed in his magnificent palace, Canons, where it was played by the Duke’s personal musician, Handel.
At the time of his death the Duke’s debts left his son and heir with no choice but to dispose of his palace and the organ was purchased by the parishioners of Holy Trinity Church where it was last reconstructed with new additions in 1897. The HLF project not only enabled a full restoration but also the employment of an outreach officer who has worked with primary and secondary schools, youth clubs, colleges and music groups to tell the fascinating story of the instrument and create a DVD history.