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Organ marathon for BBC Children in Need shines spotlight on church music

First published on: 8th November 2023

Keen organist Daniel Bezkorowajnyj is resting his fingers after a 36 hour marathon performance at one of our churches to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

The non-stop session at St Lucius’s Church, Farnley Tyas, began on Monday, November 6 at 8am and was also to make people aware of his church, organ playing and the creative arts.

Daniel, 22, a film studies student at the University of Huddersfield, began playing the organ four years ago and has been at Farnley Tyas for almost two years.

Explaining his musical mission, Daniel said: "During Covid I lost my faith, and it was exactly two years ago today that a friend of mine came to visit, and he really wanted to go to church. 

“I was very sceptical about it as I hadn't been to church in a long time. We found St Lucius’, and instantly as we walked through the door, it just felt such a welcoming experience that I said 'this is home'. As soon as said I played the organ, there was no real escape, and I've just enjoyed every minute of being part of this community." 

Revd Felicity Cowling-Green, Rector of Almondbury with Farnley Tyas  and pictured with Daniel said: "Daniel has been a much-loved member of our church since he arrived. A former lay clerk at Bangor Cathedral, he has been a wonderful bridge between St Lucius Farnley Tyas' rich musical tradition and the local student community. His enthusiasm for choral and organ music is infectious and we're really delighted he's putting his gifts to use for such a good cause!"

Cath Ball, churchwarden added: "We are super proud of Daniel. He has brought fresh music into the church with the students from the university. They come and sing choral evensong once a month, which is followed by a meal. This marathon is a marvellous tribute to his dedication to the church. The local school came here with staff to support Daniel and to put in their requests. Another church member and I stayed overnight with Daniel so he wouldn’t be alone!”

Fellow churchwarden Monica Wells, said: "The doors to the church are always open and it’s not always easy to walk through that door. We just hope that church will be there for anyone who needs space, time, and a quiet place".

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