Rededication of the Church Organ
On Sunday 4th December 2011 the Parish Church in Macosquin celebrated the completion of a three year project to restore its 100 year old pipe organ at an Advent Carol Service. At the beginning of the service Bishop Ken Good dedicated the organ to the glory of God and for its future role of glorifying him through music. The Organist and Choir from St Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry led the worship and in the congregation were more than 30 guests, among them Mr Dennis Desmond, Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry, and The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Coleraine.
The total cost of the restoration was £22,000 and many of the other guests had been involved in helping to raise the money. The Pipe Organ Preservation Trust contributed £12,000 and a recent Showstoppers concert raised £4,500. Other concerts by Erin Teacy, the Church Organist and choir and donations from parishioners and friends of the parish helped to fund the balance. In welcoming the guests, The Revd Mike Roemmele expressed the thanks of the Select Vestry to all who had helped and particularly to Philip Prosser, whose craftsmanship as an organ builder was outstanding.
After the service Ian Mills, the Cathedral Organist demonstrated the restored organ’s versatility in a short recital, and members of the choir served refreshments to the congregation while other organists played a selection of music. These included The Very Revd William Morton, Dean of Derry, Revd Adrian McLaughlin, chairman of the Pipe Organ Preservation Trust and Mrs Margaret McCarter, Organist of Christchurch in Limavady .
Glebe warden Mr Kenny Campbell petitions Bishop Good to dedicate the restored organ
The Very Revd William Morton, Dean of Derry plays the restored Organ after the Service
on Sunday 4th December 2011
Revd Adrian McLaughlin of the Pipe Organ Preservation Trust, The Revd Mike Roemmele,
Dean William Morton, Bishop Ken Good, Mr Philip Prosser, who restored the organ, and Mrs Valerie Prosser.
The fully restored 100 year old Church Organ
The Rector shows Mrs Balmer, a senior parishioner, the completed project
Click to see the reinstallation
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