St. Paul’s Organ Update

This summer, a Noack organ built in 1988 is being refurbished and made ready to move to St. Paul’s Chapel in the fall. It was originally made for Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

“We are just starting to assemble the many parts,” said Didier Grassin, president of Noack Organ Company workshops in Boston, where the new instrument is being created. “So it does not yet look like an organ.”

The photo shows the base of the instrument with the wind chests being prepared. The choir and pedal chests are already in place and the reservoirs have been installed, Grassin said, and the base of the case has been repaired, oiled, and gilded.

The Noack will be the fifth instrument housed in the case that has called St. Paul’s Chapel home since it was brought over from London and installed in 1802.

And while we marvel at the age of the case which, it’s easy to forget that music was created on hydraulic organs in Greece a few centuries before Christ. Organs were used for church music in the seventh century, but the instrument we’re familiar with didn’t appear until the late 14th century.