Almost two years after our 1975 Allen organ gave up the ghost during a funeral, the work of the organ
replacement committee has come to fruition, thanks to the financial support of the Summerlea
congregation. Our new Phoenix organ has been installed, voiced, used
for a concert with Don Anderson of Phoenix at the keyboard, and been dedicated.|
The organ is a two-manual instrument with 43 tab-type stops. It has four specifications: English Romantic, Baroque, French and Orchestral.
Functionally, the organ is contains a number of computer processors with a vast repertoire of sounds in memory, recorded from many pipe organs and orchestral instruments in Europe and North America. Depending on which specification and which tabs are selected, the processors respond to key strokes by choosing the appropriate sounds from memory and sending them to the speakers.
Phoenix provided a number of speakers, including four acoustic cubes and four woofers plus one sub-woofer in the chancel, and two acoustic cubes and two woofers at the rear of the church. The choice of speakers and their locations is designed to provide the sound and feel of a large pipe organ in the Summerlea acoustic environment.
Following are a few photos of the proceedings (pickable to see a larger version).
The Monday before Easter, Don and Jim Anderson of Phoenix returned to check out the speakers and voice the first specification, which they completed Tuesday evening before returning to Peterborough for Easter preparations.
(Don is the organist and choir director and Jim sings in the choir at St. John's Anglican Church in Peterborough, so they had lots of preparation to do for Easter.)
Jim spent some of the time up a ladder (not his favourite place)
checking that the sound was coming from the correct speaker.
and four woofers on the front wall.
There is also a huge sub-woofer in the corner (not seen),
to provide the sound of the 32' pipes.
listening to the sounds and viewing a bar graph on his lap top.
The bar graph took on some interesting patterns that only Don could interpret.
while Organ replacement committee chairman Keith Field looked on.
Howard Clark and George Provias also took some time to check out the activity (and the amazing sounds).
as many of the organ's features as possible,
by playing a number of tunes in various configurations..
For some of the more complex numbers, Jim turned the pages.
We tried to show Don's dancing feet, but a still photo does not capture the motion.
"Deh vieni alla Finestra", from Mozart's Don Giovanni, brought out some opera type emoting.
To start it off, the young folks sang "Thank You",
with words modified for the occasion by Howard.
that they have been filling in for the past couple of years.
Keith Field (left) indicated when it was our turn to sing and Leslie Field (right) conducted us.
to Richard Legault and friends for the installation,
and to Sue McKenzie for organizing a young-at-heart dedication ceremony.