Historic organ plays again as restoration is completed

A 300-year-old organ at a church in Finedon has been rededicated after a 10-month restoration.

The instrument, which was originally built for Queen Anne in 1704, was rededicated at a special service at St Mary the Virgin Church last month.

A post-restoration recital was also given by Stephen Farr.

Director of music Jonathan Harris said the project had been followed by people across the world because of the historic nature of the organ. He added: “We were somewhat surprised to learn that a man had flown all the way from Australia for the weekend, just to hear the newly restored organ.”

The instrument was moved from its home in a chapel at Windsor Castle to Northants in 1717 thanks to the efforts of Finedon vicar John Dolben.