Centennial Organ Project
The Next 100 Years Begins…
One Hundred years ago – in 1912 the present Pipe Organ was installed in the church, and since that time has been faithfully maintained by the congregation. The Organ was built by “The Canadian Organ Co.” from Quebec and was a four manual instrument though quite a bit smaller than the present instrument. The instrument has been maintained over the years and some significant times pop out where major revisions and work was done. The present console was built by Casavant Freres in 1950/1 and in 1963/4 the Organ was revised and enlarged by the British Company “Hill, Norman and Beard” where the Positiv Division was added and some of the most delightful Pipework installed. In the 1990’s further work was undertaken to rebuild, clean and re-wind the instrument and a new stop was added to the Swell organ called the “Chalameau” at the 4 foot pitch. Since then, and of course for all those significant years between works – the organ has continued to play and be a significant factor in the worship life of the congregation. Providing the maintenance of the Organ continues, there is no reason why this instrument should not be playing 100 years from now.
Unfortunately, the Organ Console is suffering from the pangs of age and is working much less well than is necessary for what is a busy instrument. It is of course in use for the usual weekly services, for Weddings, Funerals, special Worship occasions, the Pageant and for Teaching and rehearsal. The efficiency of the console has been lessening over a period of years and now requires to be rebuilt. This is indeed a significant part of the Organ Project wherein the console will be electrified, and will be completely redesigned to accommodate the new project which accompanies the required work. The present Organ in Holy Trinity Church is of Four Manuals and Pedal which controls 60 speaking stops – 65 ranks of pipes (3373 pipes). The revised instrument will have an additional 17 stops to become 77 speaking stops – 82 ranks of pipes (4,236 pipes).
The Organ at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church became available for sale at a very reasonable price which allowed Holy Trinity to purchase the instrument in order to build an “Antiphonal Organ” at the West End of Holy Trinity Church. The plan is to have this new Division (thirteen stops) of the Organ speak directly into the nave of the church which will support the congregation as they sing very directly, and of course will respond to the main organ at the east end in Antiphon. In today’s terms many like to think of “surround sound” as a descriptive term and it does work quite well for the purpose.
There will be four additional stops from the St. Matthew’s instrument installed in the Pedal Organ of Holy Trinity lighter reeds and solo stops. The whole project costs in the region of $75,000 and it is hoped that it will be completed in the next year and a half.
Written by Mr. Richard Greig Organist at Holy Trinity Winnipeg
Interview with Richard Greig, Holy Trinity Organist
For the last year Holy Trinity has been involved in a fundraising campaign to help with the costs of refurbishing and expanding our pipe organ. A while back we hosted a fundraising recital featuring our organist Richard Greig and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpeter, Brian Sykora. Earlier on that Sunday Mr. Greig did an interview with Ismaila Alfa of CBC radio. We’ve provided a copy of it here.
Interview with Ismaila Alfa, February 3, 2013, provided courtesy of CBC
If you wish to hear a little bit of music from the organ as well as to take a look at the inner workings, you can link to this video, featuring some of Handel’s Water Music. If you wish to contribute to the Centennial Organ Fund, you can send a cheque payable to: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, with Organ Fund in the memo line, and mail it to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 256 Smith Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 1K1. We thank you for taking time to consider this.