Manton Organ makes its way from the Pascal Quoirin workshop to Church of the Ascension
As many of you know, we are hearing the first sounds of the new Manton Organ in church each Sunday. Built by Pascal Quoirin of St. Didier, France, it is the first French-built organ ever installed in New York City, and will no doubt be one of the most significant organs of our time. During the Fall the organ was assembled here, the mechanisms all put together, and the glorious organ cases installed. The next and final phase - the tuning and "voicing" (the tonal regulation) of all the 6,183 pipes - began in mid-December. From now until the end of March, more and more pipes will be heard, week by week, as they are tuned and voiced. The organ will be gradually growing to its full size. We look forward to an extraordinary Holy Week this year, and, beginning May 1, the official inauguration of this magnificent instrument. Details of the inaugural events are listed on our Concerts / Tickets page. In these next few months, we invite you to join us each Sunday at the 11:00am service (come early for the Preludial music at 10:45-10:50!) as we discover all the new sounds, week by week.
January 2010 (Dennis Keene)