The Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields

The Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields

Charity information

The Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields

The Friends was established in 1976 to raise funds and manage the complete restoration of Hawksmoor's Grade 1 listed church including its original 1735 Richard Bridge organ.

Founded 1976

  • Mission statement

    The Friends won seven major awards for the restoration of Christ Church Spitalfields. Our guiding principle has been to create a faithful restoration using the best skilled conservation craftsmen. The Friends are now restoring the church's original 1735 Bridge organ. Just as Christ Church was the masterpiece of its architect, so the organ was the finest of one of Georgian London's leading organ builders, Richard Bridge. It was the largest organ in England for over 100 years and renowned for its quality of sound. Organs of this size and date are rare. It will be restored to its original specification. The significance of this project is such that when restored we will once again be able to hear 18th century English organ music as it was written. As with the restoration of the church, this complex and major project will involve the best of today's conservation craftsmen including leading organ builder William Drake of Buckfastleigh.
    Because of its unique place in musical history and the immense significance and quality of the instrument, demand to hear and play the organ will be high and it will be a valuable learning resource.

  • Aims

    The Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields aims to:

    • To restore the 1735 Richard Bridge organ in Christ Church Spitalfields
  • Overview

    Established: January 1976

    Registered Charity Number: 276056

    Board members: 13

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 020 7859 3035

    Address: 14-22 Elder Street London E1 6BT

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