Festive fun with organists

Pipes In The Peaks XMas Concert
Pipes In The Peaks XMas Concert

Let Pipes in the Peaks get you into the festive spirit with a quartet of Christmas concert.

The popular venue, based at Thorpe near Ashbourne, will be celebrating Christmas and playing all of your seasonal favorites, thanks to appearances by two highly skilled organists.

On Sunday, December 2 and 9, you can see Christian Cartwright, while on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 16, Stephen Foulkes is the performer. All four concerts start at 2.30pm.

The car showroom at the venue will be transformed into a Christmas spectacle, but with the Mighty Compton still taking centre stage.

As well as all the popular Christmas tunes and carols being played, during the afternoon a variety of other music will be featured for all tastes from all ages, from the light classics to popular music and modern ballads.

The British built Compton Organ was originally installed in the ABC/Regal Derby Cinema in 1938 to 1965. Since 1999, it has been playing at Pipes in the Peaks and is installed with all the working parts visible around the room, including the 1,300 pipes and the percussions instruments such as piano, vibraphone, accordion, drums, cymbals, vibraphone, marimba, accordion, drums, cymbals, the dancing bird pipes and the unique automated drum kit.

The showroom also houses a museum with motoring memorabilia, radios from the golden age of wireless and automated musical instruments - including a Belgium Decap Dance Organ a Weber baby grand Duo-Art reproducer piano, and a Marshall and Wendell upright Ampico reproducer piano.

Tickets are by prior booking only. They cost £12 with doors opening at 1.30pm for a 2.30pm start.

All concerts will include light refreshments, sherry and mince pies.

Call 0777 800 5729 or 01335 350 258 for booking information. For more information on Pipes in the Peaks, visit www.pipesinthepeaks.co.uk and www.christiancartwright.co.uk