Church organ to be sent Down Under

Minister Tony Newnham at Heaton Baptist Church that is set to close after more than 190 years of worship

Minister Tony Newnham at Heaton Baptist Church that is set to close after more than 190 years of worship

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A 19th century chamber organ is being shipped from a soon-to-close Bradford church to an Australian music school.

The organ, which dates from around 1820, is currently housed in Heaton Baptist Church, which will close its doors at the end of March after serving its congregation for almost two centuries.

The retiring minister, Tony Newnham, has played the instrument since coming to the church, leading parishioners in renditions of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs.

The organ was dismantled and refurbished in Liverpool in 2006, with a new soundboard added, pipework repaired, and new oak facings added to the keys.

It will be transported to a music school in an Anglican Diocese in Australia, to allow a new generation of children to learn to play the instrument.

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