Church celebrates 100 years of music with special concert

Parkside Methodist Church in Outwood has organised a special concert with organist Nigel Ogden, from BBC2 show The Organist Entertains, performing on June 6.'Pictured is Adrian Clarkson
Parkside Methodist Church in Outwood has organised a special concert with organist Nigel Ogden, from BBC2 show The Organist Entertains, performing on June 6.'Pictured is Adrian Clarkson
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Final preparations are being made for a 100th birthday party with a difference as church members in Outwood get ready to celebrate a century of the use its organ.

BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Ogden, who presents The Organist Entertains show, will perform a special concert at Parkside Methodist Church on Saturday, June 6.

The event will mark 100 years since the organ was installed at the Leeds Road church.

Rod Hill, event organiser, said: “It is a massive coup for us to get Nigel to come and perform a concert.

“If people enjoy organ music then they really shouldn’t hesitate to come along. It really should be a fantastic occasion.

“We have had Nigel booked for 12 months so that shows how popular he is.”

The concert will start at 2.30pm and Mr Hill said they have already sold more than 100 tickets.

He said: “The fact that we have got an organ at our church is brilliant.

“They are quite rare these days because they require a lot of maintenance.

“But we are grateful to Andrew Carter, an organ builder, who repairs it for us and I think over the years he has fallen in love with it too.

“We’re also lucky that the organ has actually needed very little repairs over the years because when things go wrong they can be very expensive to put right.”

Tickets for the concert cost £8 each and are available by contacting Mr Hill on 07711 786648. People can also play on the day, subject to availability.