churchmouse Posted May 16, 2011 Share Posted May 16, 2011 Hi all, This is a note to let you know that tomorrow, Tuesday May 18th, Martin Setchell and I will be allowed into the Christchurch Town Hall for the first time since the February earthquake to make a visual inspection of the organ after the 6.4 earthquake. We have no idea what state we will find it in, although reports of the auditorium itself suggest that liquefaction and ground movements have resulted in serious structural damage to the building. There is no electricity yet so it will be headlamp vision at best. I will be taking photos ( lots and lots and lots of photos!) in the short time we are permitted to stay and will somehow post these online (not quite sure where yet) and also a report and update summary on nzorgan.com as soon as possible after our visit in the afternoon. So do check on (your) Tuesday morning for the hopefully not-so-bad news. As for other organs in the city and around the Canterbury province, a Radio New Zealand report this morning said: "Along with the devastation to well-known Anglican and Catholic cathedrals, there is damage to churches right across the city. Following the September and February earthquakes, 23 Anglican, 12 Presbyterian and 10 Catholic churches have been left with serious damage. At least three Methodist churches are unusable, and the Durham Street Church, where three people died, has been destroyed. Church officials will need to consider land and building suitability, and the impact of the falling number of parishioners when considering whether to rebuild." Added to that a Baptist Church was destroyed and a now a vacant lot exists where a Presbyterian church once stood in Madras street. To get some idea of recent views of the city, a professional photographer somehow got access to the cordon and took some stunning pictures that show something of the reality. See these here The New Zealand Organ Preservation Trust lists the damage and news of organs in its May newsletter - but it's a work in progress as we all struggle to gain access to buildings, many of which are damaged and extremely dangerous to enter. A Memorial Trust Fund for young organ builders has been set up in memory of Neil Stocker, one of the men from SIOC killed in the quake while working on Durham Street Methodist Church - read more about this fund on the NZOPT site here). Yesterday Martin played a concert to a packed church filled with culture-hungry Cantabrians, who donated $2200+ for the Stocker Memorial Fund. A very positive occasion that confirmed once again that music has great healing powers. YAY! Gosh, it was SO good to enjoy music and laugh again! I'll post more after tomorrow, (if you use twitter, I'll be wotsitting to there and my user name is @NZchurchmouse) Churchmouse - just a little bit nervous. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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