Easter service deadline for organ repairs
The £10,000 makeover of a church organ is expected to be completed in time for the Good Friday service.
The 78-year-old organ at St Mary’s Church in Haverhill has been undergoing extensive repairs since January.
Having been positioned under a leaking roof, which has now been repaired, the organ was in need of urgent attention to its pipe work, leatherwork and bellows.
Richard Hart, director of music at the church, said: “We are very pleased the organ is being put back together so we can use it.
“It is remarkable how different it will sound, much brighter and more tuneful.”
Every part of the organ, which has more than 1,000 pipes, has been dismantled, cleaned, renovated or repaired.
During the restoration six gilded pipes, thought to be from the first organ that was installed in a gallery at the back of church in 1837, were found.
Money raised for the project came through a number of church concerts, table sales and generous donations.
Mr Hart, an organist for more than 50 years, said he was looking forward to the organ being put through its paces at the free performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion he will conduct on Good Friday at 6pm.
“I would liken playing the repaired organ to driving a new car,” Mr Hart said.
“This service will be a good opportunity to hear the organ and there will be lots more colour to the sound.”
The organ will be played by Robert Lucas, director of music at Clare Parish Church.
Mr Hart said the organ should now be fit for use well into the future.
“As the organ is one of the most expensive items in the church it is hoped the work carried out will put the organ in excellent condition to serve the church and community for years to come,” he said.