Get well soon! ~ Our final visit slideshow, January 20, 2014
A note from the organ curator, Martin Setchell:
As recommended by our organ builders, Rieger, the pipe organ has been left on site and is to be fully protected during the Town Hall restoration project. The organ will be covered from top to bottom and above by a strong plywood frame 12-16mm thick, at a minimum distance to the organ front of 60 cm. This will itself be covered by a layer of strong plastic with the overlaps glued to ensure that no dust gets inside the box. There will be a door to enable access inside the box and to the organ at any time. Ventilation will be by perforations into the plywood, as a mechanical system would rely on an uninterrupted power supply which may not be possible. These ventilation holes will be covered by filters to prevent dust getting in.
On Monday, 20 January, Jenny and I were invited to inspect progress on site with Patrick Cantillon, MSc I Eng MICE MCIOB PMP, the Project Manager of the Major Facilities Rebuild Unit, and Michael Urselmann of City Care. The scaffolding is already in place around the organ. The old brown wooden cover which sealed the organ before the glass doors were installed by Rieger has again been pressed into useful service to close off the console.
All seems to be progressing well. Here's to the grand re-opening. Meanwhile we have left a symbolic 'get well soon' card in situ! ~ Martin Setchell