Revamping St. Lukes’ Historic Church Organ
Work is well underway on the restoration of an historic church organ at St Lukes Church, Farnworth, Widnes. The work is being undertaken by specialist organ restorers, David Wells. Much of the organ has now been removed from the Church and taken to be expertly restored.
The project has been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the Pilling Trust, Halton Borough Council’s Area Forum and the Church’s own fundraising.
The project aim is to restore the organ to full working condition through undertaking a complete overhaul and cleaning. The organ is early 19th Century and was built in 1894 by Peter Conacher and Company of Huddersfield. This was a well known organ company, and the organ is a understood to be a superior example of their work.
The restoration will then be supported by a programme of recitals, drama performances by the local sixth form college, and school visits/education resource pack. The Church is hoping to develop a children’s choir (there is already an adult choir) and there will also be opportunities for individual organ lessons. There will be a chance to view the inner workings of the organ while it is being restored and to learn more about the restoration process from the experts.
The fully restored organ will be used to give a recital as part of Heritage Open Days in September.