A KENDAL church organist played 100 pieces of music in six hours during a sponsored organ marathon.
Peter Barker, has been the official organist for St George’s Church for around four years.
The 77-year-old decided to use the historic Grade 1 listed Wilkinson organ to raise funds for a new church car park and other maintenance work.
“It’s a superb organ and I feel we ought to show it off and use it for things,” said Mr Barker.
Saturday saw him playing from 10am to 4pm and netting a total of around £600 — roughly £100 per hour.
His repertoire on the day included everything from Bach and Handel to love songs and wedding music.
There was also a section devoted to music by William Smallwood — St George’s first organist, who gave the opening recital on the organ when it was installed in 1883.
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Mr Barker said: “I thought my arms might get cramp but actually it was my legs that did. I didn’t feel so tired afterwards but it really caught up with me the next day.”