529 views, 5 favourites, 17 October 2014
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Please scroll down for video link. Singer on video:- Daniel O’Donnell. Beautiful singing and orchestration! This hymn “I Watch The Sunrise” (actually a wedding hymn!) was my cousin’s favourite. I played it on this lovely old organ and the congregation sang it while his coffin was being carried out of the church. It was a deeply moving experience.
Hidden away in the organ loft of The Church of St.Peter and St.Paul, Tyne Dock, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, UK, the console of this very old organ certainly bears the ravages of time! For instance, it is no longer possible to make out the name on the plate immediately above the upper keyboard and the names of the different stops are faded.This is a pipe organ with the original tracking mechanism. In other words the keys clatter when you play it! I has only two ranks of pipes – flutes and diapasons. I think that it is vintage at least or more likely antique. It has an electronic blower, but they have been around for a long time now. Despite its great age and the worn appearance of its console, this organ has a very sweet sound. The congregation cannot hear the clattering of the keys from the pews in the church below. Just the organist and choir would be able to hear that. I was recently privileged to play this lovely old instrument at the funeral of a cousin, but would have enjoyed it more, if it had been a happier occasion. Photographed with my Canon PowerShot A3100 IS camera in less than ideal shooting conditions.