26th February 2018
This majestic Georgian Mansion, built in 1826, sits in the idyllic grounds in the Regency Devon seaside town of Sidmouth.
The building’s resplendent jewel-in-the-crown is a stunning grade two star Victorian music room. Within the English Heritage listing, the Music Room its organ and chandeliers are noted as being fine examples of historic importance.
It’s through the work of The Friends of Sidholme Music Room (SMRF) that part of the building has slowly been brought back to its original glory.
The group have previously raised £20,000 to restore the 1855 Gray and Davison organ that had fallen into decline has been fully restored to its original specification, with the 19 pipes returned to their original design of lapis lazuli blue, with gold leaf details. Additional, internal lighting and see-through panels were installed to allow the instrument to be used for education purposes.
Following the success of the Organ Fund, the SMRF moved their funding attempts to the seven Osler Chandeliers.
The main chandelier was removed for eight months, while Wilkinson Glass Restorers, the royal warrant holder, undertook the £30,000 project.
We are delighted to announce on 26th February 2018, the room’s main Osler chandelier has been professional restored to its original radiant glory and was returned to its prime location.
The restorers replaced all of the candelabra arms, made up to 50 new pieces to replace broken or missing elements and also sourced 100 old pieces from its extensive stock room.
The SMRF now aim to raise a further £70,000, to complete the second and third phrases, to restore the remaining 6 chandeliers in two batches, over the next five year.
To launch the new return of the Chandelier, Sidholme Hotel, will be hosting a range of dinner & evening concerts.
For more information regarding the events or to show your support to the cause please visit the Friends of Sidholme Music Room website, at https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us/
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