Bishop of London Blesses New Church Organ
Thanksgiving service at St. Michael and All Angels
After more than five years planning and fundraising, the new Organ at St Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, was played formally for the first time on Thursday (September 26th), at a service of Thanksgiving in the church.
The organ was blessed by the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres.
The Choral Mass , which was attended by a large number of local people, included Langlais' Messe Solennelle and Tavener's God Is With Us, with singing led by St Michael & All Angels' choir.
"This is a very proud moment for us” said the Vicar, Fr Kevin Morris. “It's the culmination of five years' planning and fundraising, to replace our old organ with a magnificent new instrument that will enhance our worship and bring joy to our congregation and to concert audiences for many years to come.
The organ was built in Switzerland by the specialist firm La Manufacture d'Orgues St Martin. It has 1,667 pipes, many of which have been sponsored by individuals and groups under the church's Pipe Up! appeal.
The whole project, which includes the building of two new Vestry rooms, has cost about £850,000 and the fundraising continues, with £170,000 more still to be raised.
Read more about how the organ was built and the money is being raised at www.smaaa.org.uk.
September 26, 2013