HE WILL take a year to complete his marathon - but he will need
it. The Master of Music at Derby Cathedral, Peter Gould, has just
embarked on a plan to play for at least 15 minutes on the organ of
every church that has one in Derby diocese. He
intends to travel by public transport, and to do a deanery at a
time, playing some Bach and "something suitable for each
instrument". He hopes that people will be encouraged to listen, and
to give a donation at the end of each short recital.
He started a couple of Saturdays ago in Bradbourne, before going
on to nine further parishes, including those with the wonderful
names of Brassington, Carsington, Kirk Ireton, Idridgehay,
Wirksworth, and Alderwasley. The money he raises will be shared
between local music and the cathedral's music programme. But, more
than that, he is hoping that his marathon will raise the profile of
organs and music in churches.