As well as funding the organ restoration and activity programme, the grant from The National Lottery supports a six-month trainee placement with the organ builders, based just outside Canterbury.
The opportunity was advertised online and in the local Kent press last month and, following interview, Joe Calder (33) from Teynam was appointed. Previously Joe worked as design engineer, but the idea of a more ‘hands on’ profession appealed. During his time at F H Browne & Sons Joe will gain woodwork and leathering experience, acquire heritage craft skills and come to St Mellitus to assist with the reinstallation of the restored organ on site.
Joe says: “I’m looking forward to working with craftsman, seeing beautiful churches and being trusted with the maintenance, cleaning, building and maybe playing the world’s biggest instrument.”