At St Mary's, we have begun looking forward to celebrating our 175th anniversary in 2025: to welcoming old friends and new visitors to our beautiful campus at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, and to extending our impact as a force for good in the local community and the wider world. One of our ambitions for 2025 is to transform the role of music in the life of the University.
Overlooking the main Piazza, the Chapel is at the heart of the University. With its wonderful acoustics, it is our principal setting for beautiful liturgy, with Mass said there daily; and it is also a venue for concerts and important occasions such as the Spring graduation. We want to expand and enhance these current uses, while also breaking new ground: for example, in pursuing linkages between music and disciplines such as theology and drama; and in extending our outreach to local schools, unlocking the Chapel's full potential as a resource for music, art and religious education.
Critical to achieving these ambitions is the replacement of our Chapel organ, originally built in 1964 in a rather improvised way and currently out of use. The costs of replacing the organ are expected to be in the region of £500,000.
Any contribution you are able to make to St Mary’s in pursuing these exciting plans, and to bring the stirring voice of organ music back to our Chapel, is enormously appreciated.
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