The restoration part of our project has been completed and we were able to hear the organ’s beautiful sound, for the first time in 10 years, at our Carol Service in December.
Visitors to the Church during the most exciting period of restoration will have seen the colossal amount of detailed work that has been involved and will have appreciated the amazing quality of the materials that have been used and the skill entailed.
Each one of the 593 individual pipes, ranging in height from an inch to 8 feet, were removed, cleaned, polished and where necessary .given a new ‘tuning slide’ made of tin. All the leatherwork has been replaced with high quality white sheepskin, all the woodwork cleaned, waxed and polished. The original ivory keys have been repolished and rejuvenated and the original ivory stops replaced with new resin (no new ivory allowed).
The Pedal Board has been refurbished, there are completely new wind trunks and blower, and the original hand pump has been renovated and retained - so it can be used in an emergency. The handsome original front pipes have been cleaned and buffed to improve the façade.
However, we need to continue with our fundraising. We are still £10,000 short of our overall target to include payment for an organist for our Church services, setting aside funds for the future maintenance of the organ and, most importantly, to fund our scholarship, for some lucky person to learn to play this beautiful instrument.