Ross Memorial Church pipe organ celebrates 100 years

The Dodd pipe organ showing the manuals (keyboards) and recently restored pedal keyboard.

The Dodd pipe organ showing the manuals (keyboards) and recently restored pedal keyboard.

To celebrate the centenary of the wonderful pipe organ in the Ross Memorial Church, Harden, a concert will be held on Saturday, September 22 at 2pm.

This organ was built by J E Dodd of Adelaide and was a most innovative and up-to-date instrument of its time.

The vision of the parishioners (at a time with many loved ones away during the Great War) was to install a fittingly grand instrument for weekly church services and to provide the wider community with opportunities to hear professional organists in their home town.

Over about a three year period, £950 was raised to pay for the Dodd pipe organ.

The organ has been tuned and serviced twice a year for the past 54 years by Ian Brown & Associates of Ballina.

Ian and his wife Jennifer do the rounds of many organs in southern NSW and Victoria every six months.

Ian’s commitment to the Ross Memorial Church organ over so many years is just astounding.

For the Centenary Organ Concert, three professional organists will be showcasing the magnificent sounds of this instrument. 

They are David Johnson (Crookwell), James Porteous (Canberra) and David Powell (Sydney).

David Powell grew up practising on the Dodd organ in Harden as a young man and composed the Church Centenary Hymn, which he accompanied on the organ during the 2015 celebrations.

The organists will present a varied program from the organ repertoire including some popular well-known works.  

To contrast these performances, the Hilltops Choir will offer a number of choral items under the musical direction of Rodney Clancy (Canberra) and accompanied by local musician and church organist Stewart Bruce.

This mixture of organ recital and voices mirrors the first organ concert held just over one hundred years ago.

Entry to the concert is by donation at the door (towards the organ maintenance fund) and includes afternoon tea in the church hall.  

For further enquiries, please ring 0423 090 912.

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