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O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Both John and Charles Wesley encouraged hymn singing to express the reality of the faith. That musical heritage has long been an important dimension of the Highfield Road congregation. A choir was formed in the first years of Highfield Life under Mr Sam Hodge with Mrs H. Davies as organist. After the second world war the congregation at Highfield honoured the men and women of the church who had joined the forces by raising money for a memorial organ. It was dedicated on 27th October 1946. That organ served the church for 18 years but increasingly gave trouble in hot weather and in 1964 a new organ was purchased.

The annual Sunday School Anniversaries were always rich musical experiences and a highlight of the church year. To prepare for these anniversaries a large pre-fabricated wooden platform was erected in the church over the pulpit and directly in front of the pipe organ. Putting up the platform was a major achievement each year. Services were held over two successive Sundays with three services each week. The last Sunday night was always an all-stops-out affair with hymn singing continuing for up to 20 minutes after the main part of the service had finished.

1964 - One of the last Sunday School
anniversary services to make use of the platform