Musician completes 'organ crawl' of Norfolk churches

Michael Nicholas, 83, playing the organ at St Andrews Church in Wickhampton

Michael Nicholas, 83, playing the organ at St Andrews Church in Wickhampton in Norfolk. - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

A Reedham man with a long and illustrious career in music has completed an "organ crawl." 

Michael Nicholas, 83, was a former organist and master of the choristers at Norwich Cathedral from 1971 until 1994 before moving to London to become chief executive of the Royal College of Organists.

On Saturday (April 23), International Organ Day, Mr Nicholas visited eight churches across Norfolk and played a different 20-minute programme at each venue's organ.

Dozens of people turned up to St Andrew's Church, Wickhampton, to watch Michael Nicholas play an org

Dozens of people turned up to St Andrew's Church, Wickhampton, to watch Michael Nicholas play an organ recital for charity - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

He stopped off at Wickhampton, where dozens of people turned up to watch him play, as well as Halvergate, Acle, Beighton, Freethorpe, Limpenhoe, Cantley and Reedham.

Mr Nicholas said: "I wanted to mark international organ day and help raise funds for the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge Hospice in Norwich.

Michael Nicholas, 83, is visiting eight Norfolk churches and playing a 20 minute organ recital at ea

Michael Nicholas, 83, is visiting eight Norfolk churches and playing a 20 minute organ recital at each for three charities - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

"Since I'm using organs in the churches, a third recipient of funds raised should be the churches."

Mr Nicholas, also a trustee of the Young Organ Scholars' Trust, said he wanted to help raise the instrument's profile, which is currently being learnt by two young people in the county with backing from the trust.