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Tho new organ which haa been huUt in the Moray place Congregational Church by Mr Jenkins, of Christchurch, was publicly opened last night in the presenca of an audience that filled the church to ovtrflowing. The Rev. Mr Saunders, minister of the congregation, in a few prefatory remarks, expressed the satisfaction frtlfc by all that the organ was being opened free of debt. He sincerely trusted that tho instrument would ba a success, not only for the sake of the church, bub for the sake of the maker, Mr Jenkins, who had gone to a lot of trouble over the matter. b'e trusted that the organ would be a benefit to the community at large by recitals being frequently arranged, for it would be a pity if such an instrument were kept locked up from Sunday to Sunday. The new organ hai already beea described so far as size and make are concerned, but it was not till last night that its tone and quality could be definitely ascertained and judged. Mr D. Cooke, thechurch organist.had associated with him the leading talant in the City, and through the tests applied by these players the organ emerged triumphant. The work of building the or»an having been only completed a few days ago, it was not to be expected that the pipes would be in pe.fect tune, but they were sufficiently accurate to allow one to thoroughly enjoy the different selections. The instrument has a pleasing tone, and is admirably adapted to the uses for which it has been constructed, and the builder (Mr Jenkins) and the Congregational Church ara to be congratulated. The players last night were Messrs A. J. Barth, W. E. Taylor, Jesse Jimson, and D. Cooke. Each played two items, which were all equally enjoyable, and were received.with manifestations of approval by the large audience. Mr Barth played Haydn's Austrian hymn'and Barnett's *Offertoire.' Mr Taylor's items were Guilmant's'March funebreet chant seraphique' and Morandi'a- 'Allegretto vivace.' In. the first - mentioned pieoe the oboe and cornopean stops were brought prominently out, with very pleasing effect. Mr Timsou selected us his contributions 'The Lake' (Spark) and Peace's Allegro maestoso' from ' First Sonata.' In 'The Lake' the most noticeable of the stops uied were the flute and the voix celeste, very pretty harmony being produced. Mr Cooke's playing showed that he was quite at home with hi 3 new charge, and his playing of Beethoven's Andante' fr:m the 'Septuor' and Batiste's Grand offertoire in D' was much appreciated. In tho former selection, the oboe and gamba Btops were most prominent, whilst in the latter the oboe and voix celeste were made good use of. Altogether the organ playing was very enjoyable. The se'ections were of a varied description, so that the listeners were given a splendid opportunity of judging the organ in all its departments, and the applause was so frequent and hearty as to leave i_o room for doubt that the instrument amply fulfilled expectations. As has b; en a'ready said, it was not in perfect tune, but this defect will speedily be remedied, and when it settles down it will be a credit to the Congregational Church, an undoubted assistance to the services of tho congregation, and a welcome addition to the organs of the City churches. The vocalists of the evening were Mirs Milly Jacob 3 and Mr Ja«. Jago. Miss Jacobs, who was in splendid voic.\ gave a very pleasing rendering of 'The soul's awakening,' and was even more successful in her encore number, ' Consider the lilies.' Both songs were sung with musicianly skill, a..d were very much appreciated. Mr Jago sang 'Jerusalem' (Parker) in characteristic style. The song U one to which his fine baiitone voice is well suited, and he made the most of it, so that it goes without saying that the number was a thorough succiss. That the audience were pleased was evidenced by the heartinoss of the applause that followed its complttioD. Mr Jago, however, declined an encore, contenting himself with bowing his acknowledgments. During the evening the church choir" numbering about thirty well balanced voices, contributed the choruses 'The marvellous work' (from 'The Creation'), the 'Gloria' (from Mozart's 'Twelfth Mass),' and the 'Hallelujah chorus.' Mr D. Cooke accompanied the choir on the organ. Each item was given in a manner that reflected the greatest credit upon the musical ability of the choir and Mr Cooke's care and efficiency in his dual capacity of organist and conductor. A very enjoyable evening was brought to a close by Mr Timson playing Jude'a ' Outgoing voluntary as the large congregation dispersed.

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ORGAN RECITAL, Evening Star, Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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ORGAN RECITAL Evening Star, Issue 10426, 22 September 1897