Padstow Organ Refurbishment

Padstow church organ enters its third century sounding better than ever

By cg_graham  |  Posted: December 19, 2015

One of the finest early-Victorian church organs in Cornwall has been lovingly restored – just in time for a major choir concert.

The Padstow church organ, a Telfer pipe organ brought from Dublin in the early part of the 19th century, now sounds better than ever. Church organist Roger Penna, 81, has been playing the instrument for more than 50 years.

“It’s always sounded good,” he said. “But now it’s also much more reliable, as the electrical components have been repaired and replaced.”

The organ was originally powered by bellows, but in 1947 converted to electrical power. It got its first major overhaul in 1977 and was refurbished again in 1993.

 “This kind of thorough clean-up and re-tune is probably a once-in-a-generation exercise,” said Padstow vicar Canon Chris Malkinson. “We’re incredibly grateful to Mike Fox for his generosity in helping with the costs.”

The total cost of restoring the organ was several thousand pounds. Now the Truro Cathedral choir has been invited to perform a concert at Padstow church to help raise funds for the local “Coracle Appeal” which supports maintenance and repairs of the building. The concert is set for Friday February 5. Tickets are available from the church office.

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