History of St Patrick’s Church Organ

The organ in St Patrick’s Parish Church has been playing hymns and anthems for a long time – one hundred and forty six years to be precise! That’s forty nine years more than the choir’s oldest and longest serving chorister – ninety seven year old bass Jack Wilkinson. The instrument was the gift of Mrs Alicia Phillott, sister of Bishop Mant and widow of the Rev T R Phillott rector of the parish from 1847 until 1865. It was first played at Mrs Phillott’s funeral in 1868.



Rachael has been our organist and musical director since 2000. She is married to Johnny and has a daughter and son, Ellis and Will.


We are fortunate to have a choir and choir mistress that are committed to leading the congregation in worship. They aim to develop worship styles and teach us new music that bring together the best of the old and the new as a fitting response to God’s love towards us. They are always on the look-out for new talent!



Lucy Alcorn May Holmes Muriel Carleton Alicia Duncan  
Margaret Forsythe Jack Malcolm Pat Cairns    
Helen Miller Billy Henry Kenny Bamford    


The choir practice every Wednesday evening starting at 7.30 p.m. in the Church.

All are welcome to come and join us