School gets organ transplant

A Shropshire school is undergoing an organ transplant of a musical kind as part of a major building project.

The much-loved organ in the chapel of Prestfelde School in Shrewsbury is being dismantled and given a new lease of life before being re-installed in a different building.

“The organ was tailor-made for our chapel exactly 30 years ago by Roger Pulham who is an internationally acclaimed organ designer and builder,” said Mark Groome, headmaster of the London Road school.

“He designed, built and installed the five-stop one-manual chamber organ, which has a total of 242 pipes and is a unique instrument as it was designed exclusively for Prestfelde, in 1984.

“It has become an integral part of the school and used extensively by our teachers and pupils for the last three decades in numerous concerts and chapel services, with many children learning to play on it.”

Roger Pulham has now taken the dismantled organ to his workshop in Suffolk where it will be cleaned and then reinstalled in a new chapel and theatre.

“We are hoping to announce full details of this exciting new building project in the near future. It represents a major investment for the school and will provide us with first class facilities,” Mr Groome added.

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