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One of Canada's oldest pipe organs spotlighted

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


The local Royal Canadian College of Organists Centre is hosting an Oct. 23 open house that will spotlight one of Canada's 10 oldest pipe organs.

From 3 to 5 p.m., music lovers are invited to join local organists as they visit Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Port Hope to study and play the 1855 George Stevens tracker-action pipe organ that was originally shipped by sea from Boston to grace this beautiful brick building.

“A similar organ by this important early American organ builder is a focal point of the chapel at Washington DC’s Soldiers’ Home, site also of Abraham Lincoln’s summer cottage,” Centre secretary Randy Mills reported.

“Members of the Northumberland Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists will inspect and play this historic instrument – one of the oldest in Canada.”

The church is located at 155 Walton St., and there is no admission fee for this event.

For information, contact Mills at 805-373-0867.