Pipe dreams fulfilled

The 17 century pipe organ located above the entrance of St Pauls Pro-Cathedral in Valletta will be professionally and extensively restored through a project partly funded by the HSBC Malta Foundation.
imageBuilt in 1684, the organ is considered one of the earliest and most important to have survived from this period. It is said to have been played by Handel while en route to Dublin for the first performance of the Messiah.
Restoration procedures will incorporate the latest techniques and technologies as well as historic methods for organs of the period, in accordance with conservation principles as specified by the International Institute of Conservation (IIC), in order to create the original form as accurately as possible.
“The 17th-century church organ is a gem to Maltese Heritage,” said HSBC Malta’s CEO Mark Watkinson during a recent visit to St Pauls Pro-Cathedral. “Restoring the precious organ to its former glory befits the magnificent Cathedral and we look forward to listening to it playing beautiful music once again.”
This conservation project is being carried out in line with the HSBC Malta Foundation’s wide range of pioneering corporate sustainability programmes that focus on three key areas: improving the quality of life for children, achieving a more sustainable environment and preserving Malta’s heritage.
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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