Music lovers feed their souls at St Martin’s

CONCERT: Guest organist John Higgins, Reverend Ali Wurm and Gae Holds with the 1890 J.W Wolff/Fincham and Hobday pipe organ.
CONCERT: Guest organist John Higgins, Reverend Ali Wurm and Gae Holds with the 1890 J.W Wolff/Fincham and Hobday pipe organ.

People fed their souls with music at St Martin’s Anglican Church when it hosted a musical concert on Sunday, July 27.

Reverend Ali Wurm said she was “thrilled” by the turnout.

“One hundred people turned up; it wall a full house,” she said.

“That was fantastic, we were thrilled.”

Reverend Wurm said the concert was “a great celebration of music”.

“For 100 people to rock-up on a Sunday afternoon is really great,” she said.

Guests were treated to performances from a talented pool of local musicians of various ages who filled the church with music on piano, violin, guitar and organ.

Reverend Wurm said the focal point of the concert was the 1890 J.W Wolff/Fincham and Hobday pipe organ.

"We are fortunate to have this fabulous organ at St Martin's which is quite something to hear,” she said.

“One highlight was when John Higgins [guest organist] played an improvised version of Advance Australia Fair.

“I think people got a real kick out of it.”

Reverend Wurm said the organ, built in 1890 with more than 300 pipes, had “plenty of character”.

“The only tricky thing is that because of its age it needs significant resources to keep in good working order,” she said.

“Our immediate goal is to maintain and preserve this wonderful instrument.”

Reverend Wurn said St Martin’s Anglican Church had launched a restoration project to return the organ to its original condition.

“We hope to drum up broader interest from the Whyalla community to help us with the care of this organ, most especially so that it can be appreciated and enjoyed,” she said.

Concert attendees were encouraged to donate $5 to go toward the organ fund. 

The concert ran from 2pm until 4pm and was followed by afternoon tea. 

Anyone interested in contributing to the organ restoration project can contact Reverend Wurn by phone on 0408 413 844, or by email aliwurm@bigpond.com