Pull out all the stops – and make some noise in Cubert!
‘Pull out all the stops’ literally means pulling out all the stops of a pipe organ. Wouldn’t you just love to do that? To pull out all the stops and make some noise!
St Cubert Church are giving you the opportunity to do just that. And not just on any organ, but one built by iconic organ maker, Father Willis, who built the organ at the Royal Albert Hall and Truro Cathedral.
On 7th October the church in Cubert is inviting everyone to come along and have a go – whether that’s to throw yourself into the full theatre of this fabulous instrument or gently coax it into playing something beautiful, haunting or just weird. This is the day to try something different.
It’s unusual to have an organ of such grandeur in a small village parish, but this one lived most of its life at Lanhydrock. Not wanting to spend its latter years in quiet anticipation of Sunday services, this organ wants everyone to experience the joy of all the different sounds it’s capable of. What would a bit of Coldplay sound like? Or Ed Sheeran?
“The music event is a real excitement,” says Revd Anne Brown. “We’re really looking forward to it. Hopefully it will give people a real hands on experience of a pipe organ, and we’ll all learn something of its amazing versatility and possibilities.”
If you want to find out how an organ works, how to make the different sounds as well as pulling out all the stops come along on October 7th. There will be a lively and engaging recital and presentation at 11.00am and between 12pm and 2.00pm everyone is welcome to have a go. Bring some sheet music, or just a willingness to go on a musical adventure.
And there’s more. It’s free and open to everyone from 1 – 101 (and beyond) and there will be refreshments after all that thirsty musical participation.
‘Pull out all the stops’ marks the beginning of a two-year Heritage Lottery Funded project aimed at revealing the hidden heritage of this gem of a church. The hope is that it will become a community resource, rich in creativity through workshops in music, stained glass and multi-media art. From these, created pieces will become part of a ‘handling box’ that will go out to schools, care homes and memory cafes, reaching people who might find it difficult to access such an ancient building and its heritage.
A community play is also planned to mark the re-instatement of the old pilgrims route from Crantock to Perranporth, to be performed at the feast of St Cubert next year.
It’s all going on in Cubert and it starts in a wonderfully noisy way with Pull out all the Stops on Saturday, October 7th at 11.00am.