Pipe organ sent to England for repair
The pipe organ was built in 1914 by Morton & Moody of Oakham, England, and brought to the Assumption Church, Penang, in 1916. It was built of the wood of oak, pine and mahogany. It has 640 pipes made of lead and zinc.
However, as time went by, the pipe organ began to fall into disrepair. The wood had been infested with termites and rats, and had to be replaced. The pipes had to be cleaned and the tuners atop each pipe had to be replaced.
It was noted that restoration, which could only be done in England, would cost RM251,589. In April 2011, a ‘Save the Pipe Organ’ committee was set-up to collect funds for the restoration. Donations slowly poured in from parishioners including corporate companies like, Air Asia Expedia, Star Publications and Think City, which contributed a hefty amount.
The restoration is being carried out by Peter Wood & Son, a British company specialising in pipe organ building, repairs, restorations, and tuning. Its managing director, Mark Wood and fellow organ builder Nigel Crossley, made a visit to the Assumption Church on Jan 15 to assess the situation. A service agreement between Mark Wood and the parish priest, Fr Dominic Santhiyagu was signed on Jan 19.
It took about ten days to dismantle the parts before shipping them to England on Jan 30.
The restoration would take about six months and the organ is expected to be brought back to the Assumption Church in September. Then the task of fixing back the organ will take about 30 days. — By Lucia Lai
(taken from Herald)