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 installation of the organ at the Basilica.

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.

The Basilica Church of Christ the King in Paola, Malta.

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 organ arrived at Paola last year after her 2,000 mile journey from Sunderland.

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.

The priest in charge, Fr Marc Andre Camilleri, pictured with Kath O’Leary who brought a copy of the Sunderland Echo article on the organ to the Basilica in Malta.
A majestic setting for the recently restored piece of Sunderland history.
Pipes that have been mounted horizontally on the organ.
The former Holy Trinity Organ which looks magnificent in its new home in Malta.

Martha J. Finley