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"It's a beautiful organ," said Pastor David Dalzell. "The organ fits so well that is seems as if it was built for the sanctuary."Donating the "new" 1979 Cooper organ was Jerry Newbury from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The original builder of the organ, Jeremy Cooper of Epsom, refurbished the organ before it arrived here in Laconia.
Whether you have an interest in pipe organs, antiques or beautiful-sounding music, an event at the Canadian Reformed Church in Dunnville on Nov. 27 promises to be a special evening.The congregation of the newly-built church on the corner of Broad Street East and Inman Road will hold an Organ Celebration to showcase the church's refurbished organ.
The 29-rank pipe organ made by Casavant Freres was previously housed for decades at All Saints Anglican Church in Hamilton. When a decision was made to demolish the circa 1872 building and replace it with a new smaller church, the organ was to be disassembled and recycled. Instead it ended up in the hands of the CRC congregation, whose members lovingly restored the organ and its wooden façade and casings to their former glory."We sort of rescued it from All Saints," explained CRC congregant Ed Vander Vegte. "It was great because we got a beautiful instrument for our building, and we took a piece of Canadian history and saved it."
The Organ Celebration will include performances by Cross, Jennifer Vander Vegte and John Vaniperen who will play selections that highlight the different sounds the organ is capable of. Jay Vanderhoeven and Lloyd Kingma will accompany the audience singing.Cross will also speak about the history of the organ while Ed Vander Vegte presents a slideshow of the restoration process.The Nov. 27 Organ Celebration is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. when visitors are welcome to view the organ and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Entrance to the church parking lot is on Inman Road.Article ID# 2845564
The only task that remains in Stambaugh Auditorium’s pipe organ restoration project is the tuning of the massive instrument. But with 3,847 pipes, that could take a while.
The refurbished organ will get its inaugural public performance Sept. 18, 2011, with a concert by David Higgs of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.
Another concert, with Cameron Carpenter, will be Dec. 3, 2011. Carpenter is just 29 years old but already has drawn international acclaim for his skill and showmanship with the pipe organ. He was profiled in a segment on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” two weeks ago.
In the meantime, Stambaugh is inviting university music students and local church organists to practice on the organ to help iron the bugs out of it, said Phil Cannatti, executive director of the auditorium. To schedule a time, call Cannatti at 330-747-5175.
The fundraising effort is continuing, and it got a boost Monday when students from Washington Elementary School in Niles presented a check for $500. The students learned of the pipe organ project after attending Opera Western Reserve’s production of “La Traviata” at Stambaugh last month and decided to help, said Cannatti. They not only donated the money they had raised from prior fundraising projects, but also plan to have an art sale to raise even more money for the organ restoration.
THE STAMBAUGH PIPE ORGAN: WHY ALL THE SOUND AND FURY?The pipe organ at Stambaugh Auditorium isn’t the only one in Youngstown; there are about a half-dozen more in the city alone, mainly at churches.And it’s not the biggest one. That honor goes to Trinity Methodist Church, downtown, which has 6,000 pipes — way more than Stambaugh’s, which has about 3,800.Why, then, all the hoopla over the ongoing $1.4 million restoration of the Stambaugh organ?Because of its quality, historical significance and its location in a major concert hall. So says Adam Zagotti, director of music at Trinity.Ernst Skinner, whose company built the organ in 1926, collaborated with famed British organ builder Henry Willis. Many of the innovations they came up with were used for the first time in the Stambaugh organ.Not only was the Stambaugh organ cutting edge at the time of its installation, but it has never been matched by modern efforts, according to Zagotti, who is a font of information about pipe organs, ancient instruments and music history in general.Skinner organs are musical artifacts these days, says Zagotti, and the Stambaugh specimen is one of his finest.Stambaugh is also one of the few major concert halls in the country that even has a pipe organ, he added.The expansive rectangular auditorium has superb acoustics, and Skinner used gigantic pipes (some 30 feet tall) and a massive air blower to fill the room with thunderous sound.
The church was able to go back to the organ's original builders, Durham firm Harrison and Harrison for the restoration – £20,000 of the total cost was consumed by the bill for moving parts to the north-east for specialist repair and cleaning."It's just brilliant that the same firm that built the organ is still in existence today to give the instrument its once-in-a-century clean and restoration," Andrew says. This is probably the most famous organ they ever built, so they were keen to work on the instrument again."The restoration project was launched back in 2007, when the church started to raise the intimidating £800,000 needed.
Half of the money was donated by The Canynges Society – the ancient charity that supports St Mary Redcliffe.The other £320,000 was raised by the Temple and Ecclesiastical Charity, and by the church's own congregation digging deep – including a £100,000 anonymous bequeathment."It is wonderful the way the city pulled together to find the money," Andrew says."That's why we are particularly thrilled to now be able to give something back, with our series of free lunchtime recitals."Today's recital features Bath Abbey's resident organist Peter King. The programme of 11 free concerts over the next two months, includes visits from organists from Norway, Exeter Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and Paul Walton, resident organist at Bristol Cathedral, who will cross the city for the final recital on July 14.The newly-refurbished organ will also be used for the "Sing Mozart!" event – a special one-day workshop, which will be held on Saturday.Participants will be able to learn, rehearse and perform Mozart's Requiem in a single day.■ It costs £13 to take part in the one-off "Sing Mozart!" event, organised by the Royal College of Organists. For details, visit www.rco. org.uk or call 05600 767208.■ The first lunchtime organ recital of the new season takes place at St Mary Redcliffe today, featuring Peter King, Bath Abbey organist, from 1.15pm. Admission is free. For details of recitals, visit www.stmary redcliffe.co.uk or call 0117 9391487.
* * By Helen Smithson » Reporter (Wear Valley)THERE was music in the air as a small church unveiled its newly-refurbished 125-year old organ.Organists from across the North-East visited Whitworth Church, in Spennymoor, at the weekend to play recitals on the 1886 Harrison and Harrison organ, which has undergone a £40,000 restoration.Among the musicians was Mark Venning, from Harrison and Harrison, in Durham, which restored the 400-pipe organ -manually tuning each pipe.The congregation, which sometimes has fewer than a dozen members, decided in 2008 to start fundraising as the organ was in danger of becoming irreparable.Half of the money raised came from charitable trusts and charities and the Durham Diocese and the other half came from the local community, including Spennymoor Town Council.The church opened to the public at the weekend to hear the recitals and hosted a celebratory flower festival, with displays by Whitworth's parishioners and from other County Durham churches.Vivienne Lowe, chairwoman of Whitworth Parochial Church Council's (PCC) organ restoration subgroup, said: "We are just delighted that we have got here and we are immensely relieved."It has been an amazing weekend and there has been a lot of impromptu singing."The guest organists have been very fulsome in their praise."Chris Rhodes, who is also a PCC and subgroup member, said: "There were people who said to us at first that we would never raise that much money because we are such a small congregation."This church is very dear to the community's hearts."Even though people may not attend regularly, the fact that they have been so generous given the hard times we are in shows the esteem in which it is held."The celebrations continue this weekend with a performance of sacred and light music at the church, by Chester-le-Street Civic Choir, on Saturday, including works by composers John Rutter, Vivaldi, Karl Jenkins and Alan Howarth.The event starts at 7pm and tickets cost £4.50.St Paul's Church choir will perform a celebration of weddings at Whitworth on Friday, July 15, at 7.30pm, and Sunday, July 17, at 3pm, including work by Handel, Goodall and Widor. Tickets cost £4.50.To book tickets for the events, call Chris Rhodes on 01388-816643 or Vivienne Lowe on 0191-378-0974.
Heavy rain and flash floods destroyed more than half of the 700 homes and businesses in the southeastern Minnesota community of Rushford in 2007.For weeks after the deluge, most of the town's businesses remained closed and nearly all the damaged homes empty. The rain washed away homes, destroyed infrastructure and killed seven people.Among the losses: the historic pipe organ inside Rushford's stone-built Emmanuel Episcopal Church.But slowly, the town rebuilt.Nearly four years later, residents of Rushford and congregants of this small church will gather this weekend for a dedication ceremony in honor of the restored pipe organ.This is a big deal for this small community. The rebuilt organ has been expanded from nine ranks to ten ranks with a solid state switching system. The console has been rebuilt and updated as well as the blower. And the wind chest and pipes--not damaged in the flood--are the originals.Brian Williams, director of music and the arts at Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester, will direct the Motet Choir from Calvary at the dedication. Mayo Clinic Carilloneur Jeffrey Daehn will also be on hand to give instrument demonstrations.The dedication will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 217 West Jessie Street in Rushford. A reception will follow. The public is welcome to join in the celebration in honor of the restored pipe organ.For more information, email Ben Scott at email@example.com.
PLANS to celebrate the completed restoration of the historic pipe organ at St Paul’s Church in Whiteshill have been unveiled.A series of events and recitals will be staged later this year, including a blessing by the Bishop of Tewkesbury the Rt Rev John Went at a commemorative harvest service on October 2.Restoration of the organ, which dates back to 1876, was made possible thanks to fundraising, donations and a £20,500 Heritage Lottery grant.