Post-Festival Organ Crawl
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An Historic Organ Crawl!

Friday, July 15th, 9:15am-3:00pm

If there is enough interest, as a post-convention event we will organise an organ crawl of several historic instruments in the Kingston-Belleville area. Here’s the plan:

  • Starting at 9:15am on Friday, July 15, the tour will leave from the Four Points Sheraton Hotel and travel first to Kingston’s nearby Chapel of Providence Manor’s Seniors’ Residence. Historically designated by the RCCO, their two-manual Casavant dates from 1898.
  • The group will then drive 36 kilometres (about half an hour) to St. Luke’s Anglican Church* in the village of Camden East. The organ there is by the Spencer firm of Hamilton, Ontario. It has one manual, 6 ranks, with a 27-note pedalboard.
  • From Camden East the group will drive about 4½ kilometres (4-5 minutes) to the United Church in Newburgh, Ontario. The Edward Lye and Sons organ there was installed in 1899. It is presently undergoing a thorough renovation and restoration by Kingston organ builder Fred Knapton, Jr., and while this work will still be underway in July, most of the organ will be playable.
  • From Newburgh the next drive is to the town of Deseronto on the north shore of the Bay of Quinte (22 kilometres, about 24 minutes). Our stop there will be at the former St. Mark’s Anglican Church*, Deseronto, now the home of “I Feel the Winds” Thursday clinician Edgar Tumak. (See Edgar’s Workshop description.) It contains an Edward Lye and Sons two-manual organ, built in 1901 and moved to its present location in 1911. Most generously, Edgar has offered to provide lunch for us at the very modest cost of $12.00 per person.
  • Finally we will have a ten-minute drive from Deseronto to Christ Church, Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal of the Mohawk, in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Built in 1843, it is one of only six Chapels Royal outside the United Kingdom, and one of only two in Canada. Rich in historic and royal artifacts and associations from George III onward, the Chapel is also home to a 1901 Karn one-manual-and-pedal organ, recently restored, and reopened by Oakville’s Simon Walker.

It’s estimated that the tour will conclude by about 3:00 pm, allowing those continuing westward to be in Toronto for dinner. For those returning to Kingston, it is a drive of 66 kilometres, about a 45 minute drive.

To register for the Historic Organ Crawl, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send an email to the Festival Registrar, Terry Head. You should include the following information in your email:

  • Your name, email address and phone number;
  • your interest in participating;
  • whether or not you need a ride;
  • if you would be willing to drive.

* Please note that the Camden East and Deseronto locations are not easily accessible to persons with mobility issues.

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