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Origin and Development of the Project
The origin of this project lies in moves to get the pipe organ at Holy Family restored. In 2008 quotations were obtained for the restoration of the organ, which is believed to have been in the church since its opening in 1895. There are no available records at the church of any restoration of the organ since it was installed and it was in need of a major overhaul.
In 2009 a report on the organ was produced by Dr J P Rowntree, a member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisors and Director of Choir and Organist, Douai Abbey. He described it as "an instrument with tonal qualities of much charm and architectural curiosity" and that "tonally the sound is of an organ earlier than the middle of the 19th century" He wrote "this is an intriguing organ of historic significance, musical attractiveness and liturgical utility.”
By July 2010 around six thousand pounds had been donated towards the organ fund and in November of that year an appeal was officially launched with a Big Sing event at the church led by Philip Jakob, Director of Music in the Cathedral & Diocese of Hallam. An appeal leaflet was produced with opportunity to ‘sponsor a pipe’.
Also in November of 2012 a letter was received from Dr Rowntree which gave guidance and information on making an application to Heritage Lottery. As a result of this letter a meeting was held in the parish in January 2011 to take forward an application to Heritage Lottery. After research, consultation and meetings an application was finally submitted in July 2012. The stated aims of the project were:-
A grant of £24500 was awarded in August 2012. This grant together with the organ fund, which now stood at around £18000 meant the project could go ahead.
The aims of the project which the Heritage Lottery agreed to support through the grant were:-
Origin and Development
Press Release 16th October 2012 doc
YEP Article November 2012
Organ Survey pdf
Organ Builders Quotation pdf
Organ before removal
(sights and sounds)
Removal on 5th and 6th November 2012
Visit to the workshop on 23rd January 2013