The new mechanism will make the instrument less sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, it will would require fewer adjustments than at present making it easier for less skilled musicians to enjoy playing the instrument.
We have consulted with Diocesan Organ Advisors as well as our regular organists and appointed Ian Bell as our project manager. We strongly believe that it is absolutely vital for action to be taken as a matter of urgency as we have been advised that the organ is in grave danger of giving up altogether at any time. This would affect not only the regular services, weddings, funerals etc., but also the well regarded Reigate St. Mary’s Choristers who sing matins and evensong each week in term time. Two schools use the church for assemblies. This means the organ is used most days of the week.
Once the organ has been renovated, we believe more music groups will wish to use the church for concerts and other musical events. We also want to make the instrument available for people of all ages to learn to play it.