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ORGANISTS from across the northwest will show off their skills during a unique event at St James' church in New Brighton next month.

The church's historic organ will be played continuously on World Heritage Day, September 9. The church will be open all day.

The event's organiser Richard Wilberforce told the Globe: "There has been nothing like our Organfest before on the Wirral.

"It will be a perfect opportunity for anyone to drop in at any time of the day, look at our historic church, listen to fine music and perhaps enjoy refreshments in our new Wave Café." 

Each organist will play a half-hour slot, and Richard says there are still a couple of vacant slots to fill.

Any organist wanting to fill one of these slots can contact him on 07535 661318.

St James' is the historic parish church of New Brighton.

The Grade II listed building was designed by the eminent Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

It was opened in 1856 as an integral part of the development of New Brighton by the town’s founding fathers.

But its organ goes back even further; it is almost 200 years old, having been transferred from St John's Liscard when that church was closed in 2004.