Music in a church like the Bloemfontein Anglican Cathedral can be a powerful tool of evangelisation, where worshippers and visitors alike can marvel at the architecture, the fittings, the atmosphere enhanced by choral singing, worship and of course the sound of the organ. This is according to Lance Phillip, the director of music at the church.
Last year, Bloemfontein Courant reported on the Bloemfontein Anglican Cathedral’s 1927 ASJ Dekker pipe organ that was gifted to the cathedral in 2021. At the time, the project was in the beginning stage and a call was made to the public to “adopt-a-pipe” to contribute towards completing the installation of the two-manual organ, with 21 stops. Phillip let the publication know that the organ is now half complete, in just over six months since it was last reported.
Since then, about 653 of the 1275 pipes have been (financially) adopted for installing the organ that is nearly 100 years old. “The total project cost is R1.2 million; we have raised about R160,000 from the congregation (and other individuals), but the main source of funds is a grant from the Rupert Foundation (R500,000). So we are just over halfway,” he said.
He added that they are hopeful that the remaining funds will be raised by July 2024, and that the organ will be completed around August 2024. Contributions made by the public will be recorded in the Cathedral archives, the website, and on a commemorative plaque. “The congregation has been generous, and we appeal to them to continue to donate; nevertheless we acknowledge that this is difficult in the present economic climate.”
To contribute to the organ fund to bring its beautiful sounds to life for R1000 per pipe, contact Janet Killner or Lance Phillip in the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information