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    Does your church need an organist for Christmas?


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    Date
    25 Sept. 2019
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    Does your church need an organist for Christmas?

    The Diocese of Hereford Organists’ Training Scheme (DHOTS) can help. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn the organ in order to play for services, why not get in touch with DHOTS! Contact the secretary, Grahame Taylor, by email on gt@gftaylor.co.uk for more information. It doesn’t matter how little playing you’ve done before, or how small the instrument is in your church.

    DHOTS celebrated its 18th birthday on 2 July with Bishop Richard, organists, aspiring organists, clergy, church wardens, church members and interested people. The hard work of village organists was appreciated and praised.A sample lesson on hymn-playing was demonstrated with the help of a 13-year old student on the scheme.

    Adult students outlined the ways that the scheme has helped to build their confidence in service playing and also described how having a regular organist to play hymns in their churches had helped to boost congregation numbers.

    Most students on the scheme begin as amateur pianists persuaded to help their church out, but progress to becoming confident organists, able to lead the singing in their churches, often also building choirs.

    Bishop Richard acknowledged the significant contribution of amateur organists to the life of the church. Liz Moore, from Hamnish church, and a student on the scheme, made a spectacular cake to mark the event.

    The Diocese of Hereford Organists’ Training Scheme (DHOTS) can help. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn the organ in order to play for services, why not get in touch with DHOTS! Contact the secretary, Grahame Taylor, by email on gt@gftaylor.co.uk for more information. It doesn’t matter how little playing you’ve done before, or how small the instrument is in your church.

    DHOTS celebrated its 18th birthday on 2 July with Bishop Richard, organists, aspiring organists, clergy, church wardens, church members and interested people. The hard work of village organists was appreciated and praised.A sample lesson on hymn-playing was demonstrated with the help of a 13-year old student on the scheme.

    Adult students outlined the ways that the scheme has helped to build their confidence in service playing and also described how having a regular organist to play hymns in their churches had helped to boost congregation numbers.

    Most students on the scheme begin as amateur pianists persuaded to help their church out, but progress to becoming confident organists, able to lead the singing in their churches, often also building choirs.

    Bishop Richard acknowledged the significant contribution of amateur organists to the life of the church. Liz Moore, from Hamnish church, and a student on the scheme, made a spectacular cake to mark the event.

    ENDS

    DHOTS Contacts:

    Grahame Taylor (Hon Sec) gt@gftaylor.co.uk

    Peter Dyke peter.dyke@herefordcathedral.org