NEW RESIDENCE ORGAN IN ARABI, LA.
The residence of Robert Zanca and David Hinton is the new home for the II/5 mechanical action instrument built in 1985 by Nigel Church of Stamfordham, United Kingdom. The organ was built for the new Your residence of organist Donald Joyce.
Following the untimely death of Mr. Joyce in 1998, the organ was relocated to the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College of the City University of New York.
The organ was disassembled and packed by Anthony Meloni of New York, and delivered to Arabu by Mr. Hinton. Friends and family helped unload the organ, which was assembled in late January by Roy Redman of Fort Worth.
HISTORIC PILCHER ORGAN BECOMES LATEST VICTIM OF NEGLECT
1910 Pilcher organ, Opus 708, has regrettably been lost to neglect and vandalism. What was an excellent example of the work of the Henry Pilcher's Sons firm, was abandoned-in-place in the former St. Francis De Salles Catholic Church after Hurricane Katrina damaged the building and forced closure of the parish. When the parish was officially closed in 2008, OHS members made repeated attempts to gain access in order to preserve the organ against further damage. This was to no avail however, and it has now been learned that vandals have removed the pipe work and left the remainder of the instrument as unsalvageable.
This sad and unnecessary loss to our city, gives reason to pause and reconsider whether it is in the best interest of historic instruments to allow them to remain in abandoned facilities where they are in obvious jeopardy, or whether they should be removed and stored in safe quarters to avoid just this type of loss by neglect and vandalism.
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