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THSH organ scholarship motoring to success

A Birmingham businessman and admirer of the ‘King of Instruments’ has chosen to support the organ scholarship at Town Hall & Symphony Hall in memory of his mother and father who have both recently passed away.

The Anne and Don Smith Memorial Organ Scholarship has been set up by Peter Smith, Joint Managing Director of family business BMTR Limited, and will support the development of THSH’s Organ Scholars for three years, continuing the charity work his parents undertook for many years. Peter has been a THSH Gold Friend for over ten years.

“I’ve always been interested in the organ. It’s an astonishing and magnificent instrument – there’s nothing else that makes as much noise! For the scholar to have access to two of the best organs in the country really is extraordinary. My father was a keen organist – we had a Hammond organ at home – and I’m pleased to be able to give something back, whilst remembering my parents through the scholarship on behalf of our family.”– Peter Smith

Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s current organ scholar is Alex Jones, who is studying at Birmingham Conservatoire. Part of the role at THSH involves working with City Organist Thomas Trotter, as well as supporting the work of the Development, Education and Community team through organ demonstrations, private recitals and tours.

“We are enormously grateful to Peter for his support of our organ scholarship programme. Peter’s generosity in setting up the Anne and Don Smith Memorial Organ Scholarship will enable us to continue to provide young organists with a wealth of opportunities at the start of their musical careers.”– Richard Hawley, THSH Director of Artistic Programming & Projects

Previous organ scholarships at THSH have been supported by the Percy Whitlock Trust.