Gatehouse organ losing life

LIKE cars built in the 1940s, an organ built in 1890 has a finite life.

The pipes become difficult to tune, the pedals stick and the bellows and linkages need constant attention. This is the dilemma facing Gatehouse Parish Church. Its present organ, built originally for a local country house, was described as ‘in poor condition’ in 1948 when it was installed in the church and has reached the stage when constant repairs and tuning costs make it an uneconomic liability. Kirkcudbright Parish Church has just come to the same conclusion with its organ and is buying a digital replacement.

The Gatehouse Kirk Session has invited Viscount Organs to bring one of their digital organs for the congregation to hear and to decide whether or not they should buy one.

Anyone interested to hear it is invited to a free concert on Wednesday, January 16th at 7.30 pm in the church, when the organists and the minister, Val Ott, will demonstrate the instrument and, together with their friends from the Solway Sinfonia, will provide a varied programme of music as well as mulled wine and shortcakes in the interval.