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Vicar Tony Hurle on the St Pauls, St Albans website.<br />
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A church organist is leading a group of angry parishioners in a campaign to save a 110-year-old pipe organ, after church official's announced plans to replace it with 'evangelical space' and 'happy clappy' music. <br />
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The historic instrument that has serenaded the congregation at St Paul's Church in St Albans, Herts, since 1910 is in danger of demolition due to a 'growing evangelical presence'.<br />
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Within the last 20 years the face of the Edwardian church has changed, with pews being replaced with soft seating and the original layout being switched around. <br />
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The Diocese of St Albans have now made an application to dispose of the organ and replace it with an electronic one, much to the dismay of traditional worshippers. <br />
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One of the organists at St Paul's, Jonathan Humbert, has launched a campaign to save the beloved instrument - claiming that such 'happy clappy' modernisations are 'tearing the heart out of the Church of England'.