Peter Boizot helps Peterborough Cathedral reach fund-raising target

Peter Boizot, who is making a donation towards the organ pipes appeal with the Dean, Charles Taylor at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-150601-144701009
Peter Boizot, who is making a donation towards the organ pipes appeal with the Dean, Charles Taylor at Peterborough Cathedral. EMN-150601-144701009
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Well known Peterborough businessman Peter Boizot has struck the right chord with the city’s cathedral by helping it to a fund raising success.

Pizza Express founder Mr Boizot has presented senior clerics with a cash gift that will allow a major restoration of the cathedral’s historic organ to go ahead.

It means the cathedral has reached its £410,000 fund-raising target and can go ahead with re-pitching its late 19th century Hill organ.

Changing the organ from “Old Philharmonic” to “Standard” pitch has been an ambition for many years.

It will make it possible for the organ to play alongside other musical instruments, opening the way for exciting collaborations with other musicians.

Also amongst those making the final donations to the appeal were Mr Giles and Jean Hopkinson of Stamford and Robert Wardle.

Mr Boizot, who was a boy chorister at Peterborough Cathedral, said: “I have loved this organ since I was a lad in the choir.

“It will be very good to bring it into line so that bigger orchestras can come and play here.”

A private charitable trust boosted the last stages of the fund-raising by agreeing to match any donations received between November 2014 and the first week of January 2015.

The Very Revd Charles Taylor, Dean of Peterborough, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped us to achieve our target.

“The fact that we have done so relatively quickly demonstrates the high level of support for getting this job done.

“A re-pitched organ will enable the Cathedral to become much more of a musical resource to the city and the region.”