Organ recitals pipe up at St Conan’s Kirk

St Conan's Kirk on Loch Awe.
St Conan's Kirk at Lochawe.

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A generous musical gift and a new arrival means St Conan’s Kirk in Lochawe is re-starting regular recitals.

The first of a series of free monthly recitals begins this Sunday May 30 at 3pm thanks to the kirk re-homing a fine organ gifted from the now shut Ardchattan Church at Achnaba, North Connel.

By coincidence musician Paul Wood has recently moved into the area and has been looking for somewhere to play.

Friends of St Conan’s Kirk is delighted the 45-minute recitals on the last
Sunday of each month, starting at the same time each week, are back on the programme.

Paul, who brings huge experience in public performance and a great interest in organ
music, will play a selection of classical pieces, complemented by St Conan’s wonderful acoustics.

Masks, contact tracing and social distancing will still be in place but the Friends group hopes people will go along, relax and be inspired by the informal recitals.

The church will stay open to other visitors while Paul plays and The Tearoom at the Kirk will be open.

Upgrades and maintenance work is also continuing on the historic building.

A working party helped to spruce up the Kirk for its reopening by taking on such tasks as painting rusty radiators and a rare full-height clean of the apse windows opening up much clearer views.

A photographic exhibition charting changes and improvements is also being updated to
include work from 2020-21.

This includes fitting the organ, flooring the organ space, restoration of the Rose window, reinstatement of curtaining to frame the organ and restoration of the organ screen.

The work on downpipe restoration and repairs should be finished soon as well as completing restoration of the Rose gable.

Outside there are new paths in the gardens and a planting programme is getting ready while rhododendrons are cleared.

St Conan’s supporters from community service, who have contributed so much to
the grounds in recent times, will also be returning to keep up their good work.