The Holdich organ at Upton is a historic instrument of considerable importance, but what delights me is the way the people of St Margaret’s, Upton, are using the rebuilding of the organ for a variety of community purposes. Its use for worship and concerts will be enhanced but workshops for schools and organ scholarships for those learning to play will mean that there will be many people who benefit from this generous award. The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.
We congratulate St Margaret's Church, Upton in raising funds to preserve this George Maydwell Holdich church organ for the benefit of the local community and as part of our national heritage. We are delighted to support this restoration in any way we can. Tony Holdich, chairman of the Holdich Family History Society.
It is such wonderful news that this historic church organ is going to be restored and that young people are going to introduced to such a beautiful musical instrument. I hope that the Upton Holdich organ will be playing to villagers and visitors for years and years to come. Jeanette Monument, organist at St Margaret’s, Upton for nearly 60 years.
Holdich was a sensational organ builder whose instruments produced a really colourful and bright sound. He was working at a time when organs were being introduced more widely to village churches and this must have transformed church services for lots of congregations. I am thrilled that we can now restore the vibrancy of this wonderful organ built by an excellent Victorian craftsman. Norfolk organ builder Richard Bower.
Upton is well-known for its lively community-run pub and shop, but also deserves to be celebrated for the remarkable organ in its parish church, a largely original instrument from the golden age of British organ building. Revd Canon Nick Garrard, Rector of Upton.
HLF is pleased to support St Margaret's Church organ restoration project. Thanks to National Lottery players, the Victorian Organ will be preserved for the people of Upton for years to come. The project will also engage the local community and encourage people to discover the hidden heritage behind this important instrument. Robyn Llewellyn, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England.