OUR CHURCH ORGAN UPDATE
In addition to our usual expenditure this month, we committed ourselves to purchasing a new organ – well, new for us anyway; the cost of a brand new organ is extremely prohibitive, so we had to do some scouting around and eventually we found a very suitable second-hand instrument for £5,500.
However, shortly before confirming our purchase, we heard that a church in Barry is having to close, due to building subsidence and they were very reluctantly selling their organ as they were relocating into a smaller hall. The instrument was an absolute bargain which we could not miss and agreed to its purchase for £3,600. We are extremely fortunate, as it is a very high specification instrument, better than the one that we had first looked at, and our organist Nicola tells us that it has many advanced features and even superior to our present organ in St David’s.
You may ask why we should purchase a new organ when we have a long list of things that we could spend money on? Well unfortunately, the organ at St Timothy’s is now showing its age and, (just like an old car) maintenance costs would be very high. Not only that, Nicola plays it to the best of her ability, however there are so many problems with it, that she has to, ‘make-do’ in order to produce the sounds that she should. It is apparently so bad that an organist who is not familiar with the instrument, would find it almost impossible to play properly and it would be wrong of us to put a visiting organist in this position.
Furthermore, when an organ does reach this stage, it is on borrowed time – and it must be remembered that the organ at St Tim’s is of the bellows and pump variety … and when problems do occur, as they will, it would be extremely costly to put right! In view of this, the decision was made at the last meeting of the PCC, that that we should purchase a new instrument. After this decision, the Finance Committee then considered the financial implications of such expenditure and it was concluded that the necessary funds could be made available.
Musically, the organ that we would like to purchase, has a far greater ’range’ with many superior features suited to a large church, however it would not be best suited for St Tim’s, as it would be too powerful and its advanced features wasted within the smaller accommodation there. It would however be extremely well suited to the greater proportions of St David’s, where its superior features would be better suited, especially in consideration of the larger congregations, and would come into its own during the major festivals and also the large number of weddings and funerals.
Plans are now afoot and in due course, the organ should be removed from St Tim’s and potentially we may be able to get some spare parts/scrap value for it. The present organ at St David’s will be relocated to St Tim’s and the newly purchased instrument will be fitted into St David’s. These are of course subject to the normal ‘Faculty’ documentation through the offices of the Diocese.
It goes without saying, that the movement and installations will be undertaken by a firm of professional organ fitters and the physical move under the experienced care of Mason’s Removals and it is planned that the work will be completed before we catch up with the planned redecoration of our churches.