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The North Dunedin Presbyterian Church was fairly well filled last night on the ocoision of the recital ; to,.mark ,the opening of the new organ. This instrument i 3 the one which was formerly.situated in the Moray plaoe.Congregational Church, but since removal from that building has been thoroughly overhauled; renovated, and re-erected by Mr S. H. Jenkins, of Christchuroh. , It has been locited in the front °-V the * wing of tue church on the left-hand side, of the minister, having the choir seats arranged in the front and at either side. 7he organ is a two-manual of 'full compas*, with two octaves' of pedals, "and'.the stops are as follow :—Great organ: Open diapason Bft, stop diapason bass Bft. clarabella Bft, principal 4ft, aijd-- flute-4ftr ! Sw«U : wgaa.:.LiflbJich' gedacht oft, and keraulophon Bft. ' Pedal organ : Bourbon 16ft swell to great, coupler, and great to pedals, coupler. The front speaking pipe? are symmetrically arranged and tastefully decorated in gold and colors, and the organ as a whole gives a decided improvement to the appearance of the interior of the building. That if will b* a distinct acquisition in the services of praise of the congregation was made very manifest last night in the choral items. As regards the stops not muoh need be said. They are all good, The keraulophon is of splendid reedy quality, and the full organ is n'ce and bright, with a complete absence of equeakinesß Generally speaking, the instrument and mechanism ia much improved, and, judging by last night's exhibition, it is more specially adapted for the duties for which it is intended recitals. The tone is tubdued, and does not lend itself in a marked degree to the advantageous rendering of solos. The organ soloists were Mess's "W. E. Taylor (St. Paul's Cathedral), D. Cooke (Congregational Church), and A..TV. Lilly (St. Matthew's Church), and at the hands of these gentlemen every opportunity was given those present of fully judging.the capabilities of the instrument. Mr Taylor gave a very fine rendering of a rondo from Eicck's 'Flute Concerto,' which was listened to attentively and with appreciation. Mr Lilly played three selections in admirable style. His first was a two-movement composition by Calkin, 'Horamage a Mendelssohn' and 'Fe>tal March.'. Later on he played Grison's 'Communion ia F' and Guilmant's 'March on a Thtme of Handel.'. Eaoh item was played with care and expression, Grison's oomnosition being specially enjoyable. Sir D. Cooke contributed Guilmant's 'Canzone' and Peace's ' Concert Fantaeia.' This player was, of course, quite at home on his old instrument and „the selections received full justice from hiro. Miss Dunlop sang very pleasingly the solo 'Ruth,' and Mrs James Todd was heard to advantage in the oratorio solo ' Rejoice greatly,' Mr James Jago contributed Gounod's 'There is a green hill, in his accustomed finished stvle, and Mr Blenklnsopp's rendition of the solo ' His salvation is nigh them that fear Him' was received with expressions of appreciation. A strong choir sang very acceptably several anthens, the most successful of which were 'The Lord ie exalted' and * Lift up your heads.' Mr A. B White, organist of the church, made an efficient conductor, and Mr TV. E. Taylor left nothing to be desired in the manner in.which he played the several accompaniments. .Toward* the close of the proceedings the Rev. I. K. \ MTntyre, rn behalf of the congregation, thankf d the ladies and gentlemen who had assisted in the evening's entertainment, and referred in complimentary terms to the manner in which Mr Jenkins had performed h ! s duties in regard to the ereotion of the organ. They were all aware that the organ had been previously in use in the Congregational Church, but they Would not complain of their Congregational friends not keeping a good, thing; but he trusted that the North Duneifin congregation would not follow that example, but would keep a good thing when they got ono. Ha had no doubt that some preseht would know what he meant. A very enjoyable evening was brought to a close by the ohoir and congregation sinzing the h3m> 'Rejoice, the Lord ia King,' after whioh the benediction was pronounced.

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ORGAN RECITAL., Evening Star, Issue 10446, 16 October 1897

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ORGAN RECITAL. Evening Star, Issue 10446, 16 October 1897