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OPENING OF NEW ORGAN AT MOCHDRE PARISH CHURCH. Thursday was a red-letter day in the history of the parish of Mochdre, the occasion being the opening of the, new organ, built by Messrs J. Johnson and Son, organ builders, Newtown. Three services were held during the day. At eleven o'clock the dedication service took place, at which the Venerable Archdeacon Thomas officiated, and also preached a very able sermon to a good con- gregation. At this service Mr J. Johnson presided at the organ, and delighted the audience by his skilful manipulation of the instrument. At three o clock, the time announced for the afternoon service, a terrible thunderstorm occurred which naturally interfered with the attendance at this, the most important service of the day, still a very appreciative audience assembled to hear the organ recital by Mr A. J. Bibb, F.R.C.O, organist and choirmaster of Newtown Parish Church. The following is the programme .— Allegro Maestoso from Sonata V Rheinberger Elegy in G Lemare Andantino in D Morris Concert Toccata .Holloway Melody in D Driffield Adagio in E flat Stainer Cantilene Holloway Offertoire in F. Minor Vearce Its skilful execution was much enjoyed. During the service Miss B. Tilsley gave a very effective rendering of the solo, Nearer my God to Thee.' Mr James Hamer also rendered in good style The Old Minstrel.' The Rev G. Williams, M.A Rector of Pool Quay, delivered an inspiring and encouraging address, in which he pointed out the important place music takes in the divine services. An augmented choir sang the anthem '0 Clap your hands together.' This was a very creditable performance considering the choir sang without the aid of a conductor, which they bad previously been accustomed to. During the interval tea was provided in the schoolroom, pre- sided over by the ladies of the congregation. Mr Archie Inglis, who has recently returned from South Africa, kindly exhibited his collection of curios, in one of the rooms at the' Vicarage. A small charge was made for admission, the pro- ceeds of which will be devoted to the Organ Fund. The evening meeting was timed for 6-30, but owing to the unsettled weather it was 7 o'clock betore the service commenced. The Church was comfortably filled when the choir and clergy took their places. After the singing of a hymn the evening service proceeded, Mr E. W. Savage reading the lessons. Simper's anthem, 'King of Kings' was sung by the choir, the solo being taken by Mr Morley Hughes, of Newtown, who, as usual, gave a good account of himself. The hymn,' Hark the organ loudly pealing,' was also rendered. The Rev. Canon Williams, Newtown, preached an able sermon, taking as his text the 1st verse of the 95th Psalm, "0 come, let us sing unto the Lord." During his discourse the Canon congratu- lated the Church upon their achieving such a noble work. He said England possessed some of the leading organ builders of the world, and he was glad to think they had a firm in tbeir own town capable of building such a magnificent in- strument. Apart from the important place it would take in their worship, it was an ornament to the Church and a credit to the builders. We heartily join with the Canon and the mem- bers ot the Church in offering our congratulations to Messrs Johnson and Son upon the beautiful organ built by them. Owing to the absence of an organ chamber, the instrument had to be divided. The Great and Pedal Organ are on the north side, and the Swell Organ is built on a bracket on the south side. The tubes to the Swell are 60 feet long. The case is of pitch pine, with silvered front pipes. The specification is as follows :— GREAT ORGAN CC TO G. 1. Open Diapason 8ft. Metal. 56 Pipes 2. Dulciana 8ft. 56 „ 3. Principal 4ft. 11 56 „ 4. Flute 4ft. Wood 56 5. Fifteenth 2ft. Metal. 56 SWELL ORGAN CC TO G. 1. Violin Diapason.. 8ft. Open throughout Wood and Metal 56 Pipes 2. Gedacht 8ft. Wood 56 „ 3. Gemshorn 4ft. Metal 56 4. Oboe 8ft. „ 44 „ PEDAL ORGAN CCC TO F. 1. Bourdon 16ft. Wood 30 Pipes COUPLERS AND ACCESSORIES. 1. Swell to Great. 2. Swell sub. Octave. 3. Swell to Pedal. 4. Great to Pedal. 5. Tremulant to Swell. Balanced Swell Pedal. Two Doublo Acting Confbination Pistons to Great and Pedal. Two Combination Pistons to Swell. The Organ is Tubular Pneumatic throughout, the Action being on 6-inch wind and the Soundboards on 3-inch wind.






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