This is a recording of the Ukraine benefit concert which took place at Gillingham Methodist Church on 13th May 2022. Amongst a host of musicians it featured organists such as David Briggs (virtual), Jonathan Hope, Keith Hearnshaw, and Thomas Trotter, with Crispin Steele-Perkins, trumpet.
Apart from the all-important support for the DEC Ukraine fund-raising appeal, the organist at GMC, Gordon Amery, is keen to raise awareness of the organ. William Sweetland was a Bath organ builder at the end of the 19thC who built over 300 organs in Bath and surrounding counties. Many of his organs are in Methodist churches which are being decommissioned at an alarming rate, and it seems likely the Gillingham instrument is under threat as a result.
NB Choose the option “Watch on YouTube” to see supporting information about the event, the programme and the performers