THE workings of a church organ was the focus of the latest annual general meeting (AGM) of the Friends of St Alkmund’s in Whitchurch.

James Kellas, the director of music at St Alkmund’s Church, was the guest speaker at the recent AGM, entertaining the members present by describing how a church organ works.

He ended the meeting by playing two pieces of music written by Bach to demonstrate what he had been explaining.


James, who is also assistant organist at Shrewsbury School, started by telling members how he began playing the organ aged 15 after some years being taught the piano.

The music he played also demonstrated the wonderful acoustics of St Alkmund’s Church.

In thanking James for his entertaining and informative talk and playing, Alex Williamson, chairman of the Friends of St Alkmund’s, said that members were appreciative of his time particularly in explaining the workings of an organ.

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James responded that he’s "always happy to evangelise about the organ".

The next event to be organised by the Friends of St Alkmund’s, raising funds to improve and preserve the church building, will be a Strawberry Tea on Saturday, June 15.

More information about the Friends of St Alkmund’s and the events that they organise can be found at