New Digital Organ

New Allen Digital Organ at SS Nicholas Faith Church

The PCC were faced with the decision of meeting the costs of a complete overhaul of the gantry tracker action pipe organ, or to invest in an up to date repositioned electronic action organ with greater capacity and improved performance at half the cost of refurbishment to the existing organ. Following advice from a number of Diocesan advisors and Church organ consultants, the decision was made to invest in a totally new instrument. A full synopsis on the "Pipe Organ or Digital Organ" debate is available from me on request. 

Funded within a very short time thanks to local benefactors, grants and donations, the Church now has an asset - a 3 manual instrument much more amenable to the player and more sympathetic to Congregation and Choir accompaniment alike. In addition to having a wide range of stops for musical expression, it also means that no regular tuning of the instrument will be required in the future, and more importantly future generations will not be subjected to expensive organ overhauls and cleaning which are unfortunately part and parcel of a traditional pipe organ along with rectification of niggling problems. 

The new organ will be used at Concerts throughout 2016 and there will also be some organ recitals at SS Nicholas & Faith. More importantly, to generate interest from the musicians of tomorrow, the organ can be used to teach and encourage others.

A dedication of the new organ will take place during the Songs of Praise Service at SS Nicholas & Faith Church on Sunday 4th October 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.

Christopher Cook  ( Organist & Choirmaster )

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