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HYDERABAD: Adding melody to choir recitals during the Sunday mass or providing ethereal symphonies for weddings, pipe organs have been an integral part of church gatherings and one of the most prominent cultural legacies of the British Raj. Though only a handful of churches in the state house these instruments, the Church of St John the Baptist at East Marredpally not only owns the only functional organ in the twin cities but can now proudly claim to have a grander version of it. A musical concert will be held at the church on Sunday to showcase the upgraded version of the 105-year-old pipe organ.

"The pipe organ at our church originally had ten stops. Post upgradation, 56 pipes have been added, constituting a two-feet stop and the new rank of pipes is called 'fifteenth' in organ parlance. The addition has enhanced the tonal qualities of the instrument," said Commodore TMJ Champion, who was actively involved in the improvisation.

Incidentally, the organ lay defunct at the church for 20 to 25 years until Commodore Champion initiated the restoration process in 2003. Since then, the instrument has been regularly used at various church occasions. The addition of the new pipes was done by Tim Vellacott from UK, who will also be performing at Sunday's recital along with Commodore Champion.

The 105-year-old instrument has an interesting history. A Muslim artisan from Misquith & Co., Madras, had put together the organ in 1908 using various parts imported from UK. Despite the long phase of disuse, the organ remains as sturdy and magnificent as ever. "This pipe organ must be treasured and treated as a divine and historic object. It has managed to retain its strength and beauty and has stood the test of time," Champion said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/105-year-old-pipe-organ-gets-new-look/articleshow/20008826.cms
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