First chance to hear the beautiful sound of this restored Sunderland church organ as it is played in its new Maltese home
And here it is. Hear the ancient great organ of the Holy Trinity resonate in majestic style through the aisles of the Basilica of Christ the King church in Paola – and there’s more to come.
Incredibly, this is only one eighth of the organ played. Four of the organ’s 38 registers were played in the clip.
Further work is expected to take place in October when the Maltese weather turns cooler.
The priest in charge, Father Marc André Camilleri, told L’Echo: “We have to wait until it cools down a bit in October to do the retuning because it’s too hot to do it now.”
Much restoration was needed on the organ which had sections that dated from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
There has also been a new addition to the Sunderland Organ. The counter-bombard pipes were installed chamade – meaning they were installed horizontally and project into the church, giving an imposing sound.
Although the work is in progress, it is almost complete. Father Marc added: “The front still has to go in but that’s the very last thing.”
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The last music played on the organ was Blaenwern, a Welsh tune used for the hymn Love Divine All Loves Excelling, written by Charles Wesley.
The Maltese community has already sworn that it will be the first thing played on the organ when it is officially fully restored.
Project manager David Jenkins said completion of the restoration could be achieved in October if “all goes well”.
And the concert expected to celebrate the restoration of a piece of history could take place next spring.
In the meantime, he said, anyone from Sunderland – who was thinking of going to Malta and wanted to see the organ – would be “welcomed with open arms”, David said.