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BARING' SQUARE CHURCH. The installation and opening of the new "Positive" pipe organ at the Baring Square Methodist ■ Chur'cb>last evening was '■'•■ marked by a special: recital. ! The programme comprised selections on the new'instrument, played by Mr H. I Moore, of Timaru, alternated with anthems and part songs by the choir, and I solos' .by-individual members of that body. The Rev. W. J. Elliott acted as chairman, and ■ before the commencement of the programme, called upon Mrs Elliott to turn the key and open the new instrument. This finished, Mr Elliott formally declared the organ duly installed and opened "for the glory of God and the good of the congregation." The selections'chosen by Mr Moore ] were quite sufficient to bring, out the' Dower, depth, beauty and variety of tone of the organ, which were surpris- 1 "inpdy good for so small an 'instrument; The organ is of the class known as "The Positive." It has only a single keyboard, but' the effect of a second manual is obtained by Casson's patent melodic stop, whereby it is possible to bring out the melody of a hymn or voluntary and- at the same time keep the accompaniment soft and subdued. The compass is from FF. to F., 4'octaves; and seven stops may be called into operation. The. pipes number 135, and are equal to 234 notes. a "pipe" 'organ in every sense,of the word, no reeds being used in the construction of the >instrument."- It has _ a, foot-blower and a hand-blower, and its dimensions are: Width 4ft. 7fin. (including keyboard), and height, 7ft. 10in. The pipes are made of an alloy of zinc yind tin, known as spotted metal. The cost of the'instrument was £200. ;. , ;. The vocal items were very enjoyable, and reflected a good deal of credit on th work of the choirmaster (Mr Hi. -A. Humphreys). The following is the complete programme ; Hsmn, ".All Hail the. .Tower"'; anthem,:,* "0 How Amiable," the choir; organ solo, "Sonatina," '^r Hy. Moore; song, "A Summer Night," Mrs Ernest Barber; .organ solo, "Marche Romaine," Mr Moore; anthem, "Hark, Hark,. My Soul" the choir (soloists— Soprano—Mrs H. J. j rConstable; contralto—Miss E. Prentice); organ solo, "Blumenhed" Mr | Moore; song, "An Evening Song, Mr I W. Crum; organ solo, " 'Gloria,' irom I Farmer's B flat Mass," Mr Moore; sonar, "0 Dry Those Tears." Mrs H. J. I Constable; part song, ' 'The Sea Hath its Pearls."" tKe choir; organ solo, "Marche aux Flambeaux/ Mr .Moore; part song, "Good-Night, Good-Night, Beloved," the choir.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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ORGAN RECITAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914