ACCLAIMED local musician Emmanuel Vass is putting his talents to good use by helping to save a valuable church organ.
Emmanuel, of Melbourne, is performing a concert at All Saints’ Church in Bubwith on 29 January to help raise money to repair the church roof which has been leaking water on to the organ.
The historic 12th Century church has been plagued by the leak since last year and the bill to fix the water-damaged organ stands at almost £5,000.
Despite the roof having been repaired once, it is still letting in water and more repairs are needed to stop any more damage being caused to the precious organ.
Church warden Dave Marland said: “It is a very good organ, it is well known in the area as being good and stopping it from getting damaged is really quite a priority for us.
“It is valuable, I don’t know how much it’s worth but it is important to the church.
“Emmanuel has a great reputation and is doing the concert as a charitable gesture so we are very grateful to him.”
A talented pianist and young musical ambassador, Emmanuel travels extensively around England, regularly performing at prestigious events alongside concert appearances at Chester Cathedral, Ryedale Music Festival, Beverley Minster and Harewood House.
Due to popular demand, he was also re-invited to Castle Howard to give a series of recitals in the Great Hall.
Emmanuel recently gave his first radio broadcast on BBC 6music, and has given a recital for the French ambassador at the world famous Lowry Theatre, as well as performing within Kensington Palace Gardens for the Russian ambassador.
This month sees Emmanuel as the face of international corporation Yamaha, as their ‘Unsigned Artist of the Month’. This status runs from 16 January to 16 February 16 and will signal a future relationship between Emmanuel and Yamaha.
His recital at All Saints’ Church in Bubwith on Sunday 29 January will include classical works, popular music, and jazz pieces with the help of local talented musicians.
Advanced tickets cost £10 with seniors at £8, and children at £6.
This includes a glass of mulled wine at the interval.
Tickets are available from The Jug and Bottle, Main St, Bubwith by calling 01757 289707, or from any Bubwith Church member.