St Aloysius organ: "topping out" ceremony

Fr Tim Curtis SJ and John Browne with the organ crowns
Fr Tim Curtis SJ and John Browne with the organ crowns

On Monday Fr Tim Curtis SJ, parish priest of St Aloysius Glasgow, and John Browne, head teacher of St Aloysius College, helped with the final stages of the installation of the new organ for St Aloysius Church.  In a “topping out” ceremony they each installed one of the two crowns which grace the summit of the organ. 

The organ, a “Cavillé-Coll”, built by Van den Heuvel of Amsterdam was built for the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music in London. It has since been returned to Amsterdam where it has been completely refurbished.  The organ was delivered on 17th August flat packed in three containers.  The organ is now assembled and will require two weeks of tuning followed by three weeks to install the balustrade.  It should be in use by the end of September. 

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