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The Organ(s) of Christ Church

The present organ, installed in 1970, is a splendid three-manual instrument giving much enjoyment and satisfaction (and not just to the organist!).

Originally, it is thought that the installation of a small instrument in the tower, the details of which are not known, may have coincided with the formation of the Parish in 1855. A larger instrument of three manuals by Bryceson Brothers of London was installed in 1865, also in the west gallery within the tower. This organ was moved to the new organ chamber north of the chancel in 1893 when the west gallery was removed and structural under-pinning work to the tower carried out.

By the end of World War II this organ was in serious need of rebuilding and the campaign to raise money included the amusing poster, which even appeared on the buses: “Said Vicar Scutt to Organist Bown, ‘Christ Church organ's falling down . .’ ” Unfortunately it seemed impossible to raise the sum needed to rebuild the instrument and it was decided to purchase a Compton Electrone and to replace the pipe organ. This was done in 1951. This electronic organ was in use until succeeded in 1970.

Due to the deterioration of the Electrone and the need for constant repair, in 1966 the senior choir members made a collection among themselves and handed £5 to the Treasurer to inaugurate an Organ Fund. A few months later it was learned that Alexander J. Chisholm had left a bequest in memory of his wife (who had died in 1962) for the provision of a three manual pipe organ. This bequest amounted to almost half of the eventual sum required.

The organ, which was originally built by J.J.Binns of Leeds in 1892 for Baillie Street Methodist Church in Rochdale, was obtained in 1967 through Percy Daniel & Co. Ltd., who had heard of the instrument being for sale due to impending demolition of the church, and was eventually rebuilt by them, with some additions and a new console, and installed in 1970. It is sited in the south transept gallery with a detached console on the north side of the chancel. (A record of its original specification and siting in Baillie Street Methodist is held.)

R.V. Waters, Organist and Choirmaster

Mill Open

Adults £1, Members and Accompanied Children free.

Sun. 21 September 2014

2.30pm-5.00pm

High Salvington Windmill

Talks In Our Times

Alex Ntung
Author of Not My Worst Day

FREE
Donations towards the Not My Worst Day Foundation

Sun. 28 September 2014

3pm

Christ Church, Worthing

Inspiring Poems
old & new

Roundabout Poets

Thu. 2 October 2014

12 noon

Worthing Library

Developing the Cultural Offer

Amanda O'Reilly
General Manager Worthing Theatres

Tue. 7 October 2014

12.10pm

Worthing Library

At 2.00pm join Press Officer Gemma Nethersole for a tour of The Connaught Theatre. (Free but tickets must be booked in advance).

Lunchtime Concert
A Wealth of English Song

Elizabeth Shepley, Soprano
Deirdre Francis, Mezzo Soprano
Eileen Aviss, Piano

FREE
(Donations towards Chichester Diocesan Family Support Work welcomed)

Tue. 7 October 2014

12.30 - 1.30 pm

Christ Church, Worthing

Songs by Purcell, Arne, Handel, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten

Autumn Concert

The Angmering Chorale with Sinfonia of Arun

Tickets £15

Sat. 22 November 2014

7.30pm

Arundel Cathedral

Mass in C, Beethoven
Nelson Mass, Haydn

Christmas Concert

The Angmering Chorale

Sat. 13 December 2014

Angmering School

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