Hall Booking Rates

   
     
 Duration Hall Agnes Duncan Room
1 hour £12 £5  
1.5 hours £16 £7.50  
2 hours £20 £10  
3 hours £27 £15  
4 hours £32 £20  
9am - 5pm £60 £35  
1pm - 10pm £65 £40  

Bookings by outside organisations must be approved by the Minister or Session Clerk.

For full details and to book the premises, contact Margaret McNicol on 01382 553019 or email: m.mcnicol779@btinternet.com

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Some background to the newly restored Church Organ

The name W. J. Pae might not be familiar to anyone, but he was resident organist here in Newport-on-Tay Church of Scotland at the end of the 19th century, although it was known in those days as St Thomas Parish Church. Harmoniumist is perhaps a better description of this gentleman because there was no organ, but it was on his insistence and perseverance that this present organ was built. The then minister, the Rev. Dr Thomas Fraser (no relation!), approached Messrs Henry Willis and sons, organ builders of great repute, who in turn submitted an account of £661 1s 6d, a princely sum in those days.

The choice of Willis was and still is a sound one. "Father" Willis could easily be described as the doyen of organ builders, and any instrument of his construction that has survived to the 21st century could be considered an important part of the fabric of any church.

The timing of construction of this organ is on the cusp of the older Willis handing the reins over to his son. What cannot be mistaken is the influence of the older man and whether or not it was built before or after his death is immaterial. It is unmistakably Father Willis in design and build.

Incidentally, as plans for this organ were being drawn up, a three-manual Father Willis twelve miles away was ruined by neglect and lack of care. Although we are far away from anything so ruinous, I firmly believe we have undertaken the only course of action by getting the organ refurbished.

Sandy Edmonstone doesn't just plan to sort out any problems and repair any malfunctions. He intends to restore the organ to its original form, a form which at times has been incorrectly or unwisely altered by previous incumbents. Thus, the longevity of a fine organ will stretch for at least as long as it has been in situ.

I have copies of an article in "The Organ", Jan, 1952, which details the history of the organ here in Newport and makes very interesting reading.

Garry Fraser