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By nature of their age and complexity, pipe organs require refurbishing every 25-30 years and the organ at All Saints’ has now reached this stage.Although regularly cared for, the wind chest which supplies air to the pipes needs to be re-leathered. Air is leaking from it and you can hear this leakage when the organ is played. Many pipes are not working consistently and soundboards also need replacing.The Parochial Church Council has therefore decided to launch an appeal to raise funds to restore the organ. Alternative options have been explored - eg purchase of an electric organ. However, restoration of this fine instrument represents the best value for money.
Welcome to FatherWillisOrgan.org.uk, the website for the Father Willis organ installed in the chancel at St Michael’s Church, Rectory Road, Retford, DN22 7AYHere you can find notes about the history of the organ, details of the regular free lunchtime recitals given on the instrument, and information about the progress of the restoration programme which is in progress.For any queries or further information please contact the webmaster at:webmaster@FatherWillisOrgan.org.uk
Set Text Size Small Set Text Size Medium Set Text Size Large Set Text Size X-LargePrint StoryPublished: 8/19 10:03 amShareUpdated: 8/19 10:06 amA historic church is raising money for badly needed repairs to its organ. Old St. Mary's is the oldest church still standing in Cincinnati. It has an altar that was given to the church as a gift from the pope in 1844. Local 12's Angela Ingram explains how parishoners are hoping that gifts come in to help fix the organ.The pipe organ at Old Saint Mary's has played for thousands of services. It was a gift from a German shoemaker back in 1928 -- and like nearly every other piece of this historic church, it's a treasure to the people who worship here.The Catholic church at 13th and Clay Streets is the oldest church still standing in the city. The corner stone was laid in March of 1841-- by immigrants. "The ladies supposedly the story went, baked bricks in the ovens at home. The German bakeries would bake them on days off."Michael Crusham has been giving tours of the church for years -- he's an expert on the history. "This was the Annunciation of Mary, she was going to be the mother of God."nd, he can tell you why he thinks St. Mary's is a modern day hidden treasure. Today, mass is held in English, Latin, and even German -- much like the immigrants in the 1800's would've worshipped. As parishoners traveled back to Europe, they returned with carved artwork. "Everything you see back here is wood, there's not a bit of marble there's not a bit of stone."These days the organ is in need of repairs --- to the tune of $380,000. Maintenance and upkeep is crucial with a building this old. But, it's worth it to the parishoners. "To me it's a temple to the mother of God. It's a sanctified temple that, everything in here is regarding her. And if you know all of the things that are here, you know it's all about Mary."A brass band from Bavaria will play at mass on September 18th. They will visit from Germany for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati-- and has offered to help the church raise money to repair the organ.
Old St Marys is indeed a treasure, and preservation is most important. However, in today's world, and especially in Over-theRhine where there is great need, $380,000 is a lot to spend on a 1928 organ. It's not original to the church. How much would a new organ cost?
The church is historic and beautiful, but the organ not so. It is not even the church's original organ and has served its purpose. I've heard and played some great digital organs lately---made here in the USA---and they are stunning at a fraction of the cost mentioned here. Folks at Old St. Marys need to do their due diligence and save their church a bunch of money on this project....sounds like they've only looked at one option so far. What a shame to waste the church's limited resources.