But 59-year-old David Hambleton is also an accomplished organist and was reunited with his old instrument when its new owners invited him to play it in its new home at the Preachers Church in Zurich
The organ occupied pride of place in Ingbirchworth Methodist Church for more than 100 years but was sold when the church closed a few years ago.
The historic instrument - which was built in 1895 by Huddersfield's Peter Conacher in Springwood - was bought by the Swiss church who organised for it to be transported and rebuilt it in Zurich at a cost of £50,000.
Members of the church then invited David over to play it at the church’s grand first service at the weekend.
To take up the invitation, David had to get his first-ever passport and had to attend an interview in Leeds as his application was so unusual.
He said: “I never done anything like this in my life.
Before he flew out he said: "The invitation was one I couldn’t resist and came out of the blue and although the words and language to the hymns are different the music stays the same.
“It will be lovely to see the organ back in a church. The church in Zurich is massive, almost a cathedral really, and already has a one organ.
“Ours will be for practices and smaller occasions but it is my honour to be over there playing great Huddersfield workmanship and it is wonderful to know it will go on delivering gorgeous music.”
It is the latest musical achievement for David, who now plays at many local chapels including Thurlstone at Penistone, Clayton West United Reform Church and Lydgate Unitarian.
He taught himself how to play the instrument when he was working as a gardener at Storthes Hall in his teens, where he also played the piano for its residents.
One day the porters forgot to get out the grand piano out and his love of the organ began there.
However, his musical career could have been very different had he taken up an offer a place in the chorus at Covent Garden, London, which his singing teacher secured him.
David said: “I was already working in the gardens at Storthes Hall then and didn’t want to take the risk really.
“But I have always loved my job and take huge pride in the gardens at HRI as I know the patient and visitors appreciate them and get some lovely comments.”
“I had to learn on the spot and carried on from there. I have played at so many wedding funerals and services it has led to some wonderful times for me.”