Caroline Happy Historic Handel Organ To Be Saved

An exceptionally rare and historically important organ originally commissioned in 1720 for the 1st Duke of Chandos while George Frederick Handel was his ‘composer in residence’, has been awarded £167,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a major restoration project.

The money, along with £42,000 raised locally, will enable the Grade I listed instrument to be returned to its former working glory, so that it can take pride of place in Holy Trinity Church, Gosport once again.

As part of the project a heritage outreach officer will also be employed to work with primary and secondary schools, youth clubs, colleges and music groups. A DVD will be created and working model built to show how an organ works – telling the rich and fascinating story of the instrument and bringing it to life for future generations.

Local MP Caroline Dinenage, said in support for the project:

“The ‘Handel Organ’ is one of Gosport's historical jewels and its full restoration will certainly be a source of great pride to my constituency. The parishioners at Holy Trinity Church along with all those who have contributed to this worthy cause should be commended for playing a vital part in the organ's renovation, and I am pleased that all their hard work has been rewarded with this important milestone grant award from HLF."