Those who braved the Eastside weather and traffic into Seattle last weekend were treated to quite a recital by our very own Music Director & Organist Scott Powell.
Especially related to our musical heritage as Anglicans, the instrument he played is the most historically significant one of which I’m aware in this region (one of the few of its type in North America) as it was built in 1872 by Henry Willis & Sons of London. The Willis firm built the organs for most of the cathedrals and a number of other notable churches in Great Britain.
The London parish church that was the original home for this 34-rank English tracker was torn down in 1981, but not before St. Joseph’s (Roman Catholic) Church on Capitol Hill purchased the organ, transported it here and installed it in 1987. The same head of the University of Washington’s organ program, Dr. Carole Terry, who played the inaugural recital at its dedication ceremony, was on hand with nothing but well-deserved praise for Scott’s program of music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Langlais and Vierne there last Friday.