St Philip's has a long history of musical excellence. We are blessed to have two organs, the original 1912 Casavant pipe organ, moved from the old church, and rebuilt with a Hill Norman & Beard console in the 1950s, and a 1984 Karl Wilhelm tracker organ. Unfortunately, in 2014, a heating pipe located underneath the console of the pipe organ sprung a leak, and steam rose into the organ console and shorted the electronics. Since that time, we have had to rely exclusively on the Wilhelm, which has only one manual and limited dynamic range. It is a great instrument for concerts and recitals, and for accompanying the choir on some repertoire, but it is less than ideal for accompanying singing by the congregation.
We have a proposal from KJR & Associates, organ builders, to replace the console. New electronics will also improve the organ by allowing more combinations of stops and greater dynamic control.
Subject to the success of this campaign, we anticipate signing the contract for the work in September 2018, with the work to be completed for Easter 2019.