110-year-old organ is still hitting all the right notes in Hartlepool church

St George's United Reform Church organist Peter Walker.

St George's United Reform Church organist Peter Walker.

THIS “immaculate” organ has had pride of place in St George’s United Reformed Church for 110 years.

A service was held in the Hartlepool church on Wednesday, January 13, 1904, the day the organ was installed.

And it has since been admired and enjoyed by thousands of people during many special occasions in the church, in Park Road.

The fact it is in such good condition at such a grand old age is mainly down to the dedication and close care of John Craig Ross, the legendary talented town organist who played in the church for almost 67 years before he sadly passed away last year, aged 92.

The organ remains and is still in excellent condition, says church elder Chris Eddowes.

But, unsurprisingly due to the fact its 110-years-old, Mrs Eddowes said the organ could do with a bit of TLC to ensure it stays in top condition.

In stepped Peter Walker, another talented organist who is currently playing in the church, who came up with the idea of a series of lunchtime concerts to help raise some cash to fund the repairs.

The first concert was held in the church last week and others have been organised for this month, April and May.

“Considering our organ is 110-years-old it is in immaculate condition,” said Mrs Eddowes.

“But it could now do with a little bit of work doing to it.

“Obviously these repairs don’t come cheap so Peter kindly offered to organise some lunchtime concerts which will hopefully help to contribute towards the costs.”

In 1905, the year after the organ was installed, Mrs Baines, one of the founding members of the church, sadly died.

It was Mrs Baines and her husband who had given the church the money for the organ.

Mrs Eddowes added: “It remains the best organ in the town and that comes from other organists and churches in Hartlepool.

“We want to do all we can to ensure it stays that way and remains in tip-top condition.”

The next lunchtime concert will be held in the church on Wednesday, February 26 at noon.

Concerts will then take place on Wednesday, April 23 and Wednesday, May 21 at the same time.

Donations from members of the community who can’t make it to the concerts but would also like to help fund the work to the organ will also be welcomed.




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