Friends of Sidholme Music Room
Welcolme to the home The Friends of Sidholme Music Room. Our project involves many people in Sidmouth and in places far and wide, we hope you will be inspired to join us if you have not already considered doing so. In the meantime we hope you find our website of interest and look forward to seeing you at the many events we have planned at the Sidholme Music Room in Sidmouth Devon.
In 2013, a group of Sidmothian volunteers came together as the 'Sidholme Organ Friends Association'. Within 2 years, they raised £19,000 pounds and the splendid 1855 Gray and Davison Organ, originally ordered by the 6th Earl of Buckinghamshire, was restored to its original specification. This work was entrusted to Michael Farley, Organ Builder of Colyton Raleigh in Devon in whose care it still remains. A specialist artist, Alison Henham of Ottery St. Mary, repainted its pipes in lapis lazuli blue to reflect their importance within this wonderful, historic room. Additionally, internal lighting and see-through panels were installed to allow the instrument to be used for educational purposes.
Following this successful venture, 'The Friends' reformed in 2015 as the 'Friends of Sidholme Music Room' who now number about 250 members. With a revised committee, they have raised the necessary funds to send the largest chandelier away for restoration, arranged the purchase of a new Yamaha piano to replace the rather tired Bechstein piano and purchased a bespoke piano duet stool. Now they have turned to further fundraising for the current music room project.