An organist will be setting out on a musical pilgrimage across the diocese later this year, and it’s all in a good cause.
Stephen Honeyman, the resident organist at the Parish Church of Llangyfelach with Clase in the north of Swansea, is hoping to give a recital in each ministry area. All money raised will go to Faith in Families, the organ fund at St Catherine’s Church in Gorseinon and Llangyfelach Church.
Stephen has just returned from Bayeux, where he played at its cathedral, and spent May in Oberammergau principally playing for the Maiendacht Services, of which there are several a week.
“I’ve played for services in Oberammergau, Unterammergau, Eschenlohe, Mittenwald and Weiss Kirche for a few years when visiting there,” Stephen said.
“I’ve also been privileged to play the Organ at Ettal Abbey on several occasions and in Landsberg-am-Lech, Zwiesel in Germany. Having spent a significant time in Oberammergau I have a healthy repertoire of German hymn tunes which are not heard in UK. I’ve introduced some of these at Llangyfelach which the congregation really like.”
Stephen Honeyman, the resident organist at the Parish Church of Llangyfelach with Clase in the north of Swansea, will be setting out on a musical pilgrimage across the diocese later this year. All money raised will go to Faith In Families, the organ fund at St Catherine's Church Gorseinon and Parish of Llangyfelach with Clase, Swansea. Here, Stephen tells us what inspired the idea and you can read the full story at https://swanseaandbrecon.churchinwales.org.uk/news/2019/08/organist-stephen-prepares-for-musical-pilgrimage-for-charity/
Posted by Swansea & Brecon Diocese on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Stephen has also played in Sint Salvator’s Cathedral, St Jacob’s Church and the Military Chapel in Bruges, and regularly gives recitals for several organisations.
While living in Chepstow, Stephen was a prolific piano duettist with Rev’d Jeremy Winston – who became Dean of Monmouth – and together they gave numerous recitals to raise money for causes close to Jeremy’s heart.
“The idea of a musical ‘pilgrimage’ around the diocese to raise money came from something I saw on social media and, rather than just ask for sponsorship for the number of organs I can play, I thought about giving recitals around the diocese to raise money for Faith in Families, for Llangyfelach Church to help expand the choir there, and also to help the organ fund at St Catherine’s Gorseinon where I practise extensively. The fund needs one final boost to get work done before the cost increases again,” Stephen said.
“Faith in Families, a diocese-wide charity, was an obvious charity to support because it carries out such vital work within the community supporting those who are disadvantaged, making a positive impact on their lives.”
Stephen will soon be getting in touch with ministry area leaders to arrange the recitals, and we’ll keep you updated with dates and news from his tour.