D Quentin Bellamy Posted October 10, 2008 Share Posted October 10, 2008 This just in from Ian Tracey... === Dear Ian, I thought that you ought to be made aware that there is an intention by Warrington Borough Council to have the Parr Hall’s Cavaillé-Coll concert organ dismantled and removed, so that the hall stage area can be widened and deepened as part of refurbishment proposals. The Warrington Male Voice Choir and many of our regular supporters are strongly against losing this unique instrument. We recognise that there are maintenance issues associated with the organ, but this has been the case since it was first installed in the hall in 1926. You will know that the instrument is the only Cavaillé-Coll organ in largely original condition in the UK, and one of few in such condition the World. Quite apart from the pleasure it gives to our audiences, it has become an important part of Warrington’s cultural heritage. There are no plans to replace the organ, and any electronic replacement would be inferior. Tony Whittaker, the choir’s pianist and organist, has set up a Downing Street petition as a first step in our fight to retain the organ in Warrington. If you feel that this warrants your support then can you please add your name to the petition? The link is: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Cavaillecoll/ If you are able to encourage further support, then that would be welcomed. Kind regards, Barrie Johnson Chairman Warrington Male Voice Choir Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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