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Facility

We will be launching the 2021 programme at 12pm on 11 August 2021

  • New Court Congregational Chapel c. 1905, view from Tollington Park
  • St Mellitus Church today, view from Tollington Park
  • New Court Chapel interior (pre-1920)
  • Hunter memorial organ, with original pulpit and commemorative plaques
  • Restoration of the organ
  • Organ pipes
  • Detail of commemorative plaque
  • The restored organ

RC Church of St Mellitus (St Mellitus Organ Restoration Project)

C. G. Searle

place
Church of St Mellitus, Tollington Park, N4 3AG
info_outline
Toilets, Disabled access

Travel Information

subway
Nearest tube: Finsbury Park
train
Nearest train: Crouch Hill, Euston, King's Cross
directions_bus
Bus routes: 393, 4, 254, 259, 29, 236, 153, 106, 19, W3, 210, 91
A grandiose neo-classical building with impressive interior built in 1870-1, formerly New Court Congregational church and home to the Hunter pipe organ, built in memory of local WW1 soldiers and recently restored with Lottery funding.

Events

Saturday 4th September
Building open for self-guided tours with QR code trail
schedule Time: 12pm to 4pm
To access the QR code trail you will need a smart phone - please bring headphones. There will also be printed resources available.
Sunday 5th September
Building open for self-guided tours with QR code trail
schedule Time: 1pm to 4pm
To access the QR code trail you will need a smart phone - please bring headphones. There will also be printed resources available.
Walking Tour - Discover Stroud Green's Musical Heritage
schedule Time: 1.30pm to 3pm
group Capacity: 20
The Hunter memorial organ at St Mellitus Church in Tollington Park is one small part of Stroud Green’s rich and eclectic musical history. In 2020 Islington Guided Walks produced a podcast in conjunction with the Organ Project at St Mellitus and now this guided walk for Open House will explore the sites in real life! The walk will visit the sites of a piano factory, a former music hall and studios belonging to the oldest independent record label in the world; learn about ‘jelly mould’ cinema organs and some of the memorable performances at Finsbury Park’s iconic Rainbow Theatre, as well as looking at the ethnically diverse music made by emigrants from Cyprus and the Caribbean, who made Stroud Green their home. Walk will start at St Mellitus and end near Fonthill Road N4. Book your place from August 3rd here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-tour-discover-stroud-greens-musical-heritage-tickets-164952708993
Homing: an afternoon of music at St Mellitus Church
schedule Time: 2pm to 4pm
group Capacity: 60
Lyrical mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond and multi-instrumentalist Matt Redman are joined by organist Marion Bettsworth, performing a programme of music telling the story of the First World War and the history of the memorial organ at St Mellitus. Matt will play instruments from a hundred years ago, including the zither banjo, contraguitar, mandolin and a 1911 Gibson L4 guitar. Marion Bettsworth, organist at St Michael's Highgate, joins Matt and Patricia to play music performed at the organ's inauguration in 1920. Also featured will be songs about "Home", celebrating the men and women of the parish who lived through - and those who didn't survive - WW1. Marion will also perform solo, including pieces reflecting the history of the St Mellitus Hunter Organ, as well as some well-known favourites for the instrument. This is a rare chance to hear the recently restored organ being played live, in the beautiful setting of St Mellitus church.

Design

Original design
C. G. Searle, 1871
Restoration
Mander Organs (F.H. Browne & Sons)., 2020
Type
Walk/tour, Event, Community/cultural, Concert/performance space, Religious
Period
Victorian