Project Category: Informal community groupProject Tags: Art, Cultural Heritage, Education, Gardens, Mental Health and Older People

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    St John’s Notting Hill and Rootless Garden sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund present a five-week exploration of the history and culture behind the newly restored organ, taking in the history of Notting Hill and developments in the arts and horticulture, at the 5 key dates in the organ’s history:

    On 15th January we look at 1794, when the organ was built

    On 22nd January we look at 1846, when the organ moved to St John’s

    On 29th January we look at 1873-1945, when the organ had a major rebuild

    On 5th February we look at 1960-2000, when the organ slowly declined

    On 12th February we look at 2013-14, when the organ was fully restored

    Presented by a team of specialist experts, including a local historian and the church’s organ scholar.






    To participate, contact: 

    Jamie Singleton, Activities Manager, St John’s Organ Project: 020 7727 4262,

    A weekle tiemtable can be foudn here:

    St John’s Organ Project has teamed up with Rootless Garden to bring you a 5-week long community project to celebrate the restoration of our organ. This is a free project that offers a unique opportunity to socialise in the beautiful St John’s Church. The residents of Notting Hill and beyond are invited to St John’s Notting Hill for a series of exceptional workshops to learn about our organ’s history and engage in inspiring activities based on key dates in the organ’s lifetime. Over five weeks we will be exploring music, history and the arts from 1794 in week one, through the nineteenth century up to the present day!

    Each week we will start with an organ recital with music selected from the specific date we’re focusing on, followed by an informal talk about the organ, its history, its amazing system of pipes and mechanisms, and a chance to ask any questions. After the recital, members of the club will have the opportunity to participate in activities inspired by the date of focus. We’ll offer arts and crafts, creative writing and literature, horticulture and tabletop gardening, and the chance to listen to and talk with the local historian Geoffrey Roome, a resident of Notting Hill for over 25 years.

    We’re really excited to offer this diverse and ambitious project for free to all members. It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, reconnect to some local heritage and take part in some creative activities, or just soak up the atmosphere of our newly restored organ.

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    St John's Church, Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London