Welcome to the United Reformed Church Whitehaven Music Page. You can find details of all our upcoming concerts, the history of the Fantastic Instrument we are so fortunate to have in the Church, our present Organist and how the regular concerts we enjoy came about. Please do explore the site as there is a wealth of information and concert and service recordings. As a major new addition to the site - Frank Bowler Director of Music in St Bees Priory has been a magnificent support and I'm delighted to include a St Bees page where we can get a glimpse of Franks work at St Bees. We hope you enjoy this page. Please do pass the site information onto friends and family who might like to join us at our concerts.
SINCERE THANKS TO MR ANDREW CASKIE OF NICHOLSON ORGANS FOR COMPLETING OUR APPLICATION TO HISTORICAL STATUS !!!! - THANKS ANDREW - ANOTHER STEP FORWARD TOWARDS THE FUNDING CASE
The Final major update to the Site for 2018. Do check out the added Remembrance 2018 Page. Its been a tremendous year of music within the URC Church in Whitehaven. As I now step back to start preparing the case for funding to support maintenance for our wonderful instrument I look forward to a new exciting concert series in 2019. There will be a major update of that concert series in March 2019 !!!
ORGAN MAINTENANCE: We are delighted to report the money raised in the concerts has started to be put to positive use. Mr Andrew Caskie, a supreme maestro of the Instrument and a former organist at the URC, now Managing Director of Nicholson and Co recently visited the organ. Andrew will be providing us with a report on how to proceed with the maintenance and restoration. We would like to thank Andrew for his all his efforts, time and generosity. All sincere thanks to Mr Nigel Donaldson for all his efforts supporting Andrews visit. Mike and Nigel with support from Andrew will now be pursuing a Certificate of Authenticity for the Instrument to support the longer term restoration work.
A Note to our Audience: We hope you are enjoying the ongoing concerts in the URC. A very LARGE thank you for your support. Please do encourage friends and family to come along and enjoy the wonderful organ and range of performers and music in the Church.
Aims of the Project and Concerts
The primary focus of our monthly concerts is to have fun, create enjoyment and provide a focal point to bring the community together; visitors to Whitehaven; Local Office Workers & Shoppers and Traders et al.. We try to provide a variety of music using the piano and voice as well as the magnificent instrument in the church. By providing a focal point for local musicians its is hoped over time the URC in Whitehaven will attract a variety of musicians to entertain what is always a very appreciative and welcoming audience. As a result of the concerts we are raising valuable funds to support the maintenance of the Instrument - more on that to come !!!