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Wiltshire church organ set for move to Estonia
9:03am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A special service at Edington Priory Church on Friday last week saw the church’s current 1905 Henry Jones organ signed over to its new home at the oldest school in Tallinn, Estonia.
Hendrieck Agur, from Tallinn, visited the church during the Edington Music Festival last week on behalf of The Gustav Adolf Grammar School, which is where the organ will find its new home.
The organ is a gift from Edington Parochial Church Council to the school, which will cover the costs of transporting it to Tallinn, and will also arrange necessary restor-ation work on it.
Mr Agur, who found the organ advertised on the Institute of Organ Builders, said: “This is a very interesting and exciting project and it’s a very unique moment for the school and the church.
“I first made enquiries in January and then I visited the church in March, which was when I was shown the organ. I made a video of it being played and showed it to friends, who said it was perfect.
“This will be the first English organ in Estonia and we are very grateful to the church. Music is very important to the school and it often hosts concerts for bands and choirs, so it’s a good fit.”
Edington Organ Project, which was set up two years ago to raise the £437,000 needed for the church’s new organ, is expecting to reach the final target in the coming weeks.
The organ is currently being built by Harrison and Harrison in Durham and it is expected to be installed in the church by Easter, with the official opening planned for next year’s Edington Music Festival.
Festival director Benjamin Nicholas said: “We are almost at the target and it’s all down to the work of the tireless work of everyone at the church, especially Anne Curtis and Sue Lowery.
“We have also had lots of support from villagers and from those who have attended the festival, with many coming from miles away. It’s an enormous achievement and people have been so generous.”
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