The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae reveals that music was an important aspect of communal worship. And so it has always been. Some churches have resisted instrumental accompaniment, such as the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, but most Christians have been pleased to sing accompanied: often by stringed instruments until pipe organs took over, mainly during the nineteenth century.
An organ was first installed in St Mary Abchurch in 1822 and has been adapted several times since then. The current organ was built in 1955 and uses pipes from the previous organ as well as new ones. The organ case includes parts from a case made in 1717 for another Wren church – All Hallows, Bread Street – which was demolished in 1877. The case moved to All Hallows, East India Dock Road, before coming to St Mary Abchurch after All Hallows was badly damaged during the Second World War.
The St Mary Abchurch organ is unfortunately unplayable because of the state of the electrics, so a good quality digital organ is in use. The replacement of the wiring and the refurbishment of the organ are on the long list of refurbishment tasks for which the Guild Church Council is attempting to raise funds.
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