God So Loved the World
Performed on the 3-manual, 35-rank Austin organ (Opus 2259) at First Presbyterian Church of Winchester, Virginia during the 50th anniversary of its installation. Recorded by Organist Mike Edington of Woodstock, VA.
About the Organ:
The Austin (Opus 2259) resides in the First Presbyterian Church in Winchester, Virginia. The organ was installed in the autumn of 1957 and dedicated in a service on November 26, 1957. This project was recorded in December 2007 at the time of its 50th anniversary celebration.
The organ has 35 ranks distributed over three manual keyboards and a pedal keyboard. The 2,231 pipes, handcrafted and voiced for this organ in this space, are located in special chambers built on opposite sides of the chancel with an additional chamber at the rear of the sanctuary. The north chamber houses the Great Division, the south chamber the Swell Division, with the rear chamber housing the Antiphonal Division.
All Swell, Antiphonal and Great voices are under expression except for the Diapasons in the Great. There are many mechanical controls and octave couplers available giving this organ flexibility.
The tonal qualities of this Austin pipe organ are classically American, with inspiration drawn from English cathedral organs. The organ also has some symphonic organ characteristics offering three different celestes and solo reed voices such as clarinet and oboe (haut bois).
About the Organist:
Mike Edington, organist at Woodstock United Methodist Church (Woodstock,Virginia), has been playing the organ since age 12. He is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (Winchester, Virginia) and studied at Philadelphia College of Bible (Langhorne, Pennsylvania) in the area of organ performance. As a young child and youth in Newport News, Virginia, he spent hours listening to musical recordings and radio broadcasts of many great organists from the classical and gospel arenas. In pursuing his passion for church music and interest in hymnology, he has played many organs—digital and pipe. He has overcome many obstacles to become the musician he is today. He was born legally blind with a vision disorder called retinitis pigmentosa. His vision continues to deteriorate. He learns new music through the creative means of sequencing notation and recording music note-by-note on a keyboard, by reading enlarged/reversed images on scanner/reader/monitor equipment and by listening to musical demonstrations and through improvisation. The process is time-consuming and tedious, but effective. This recording demonstrates his unique musical arranging talents.
Mike is pleased to offer this recording of his music, recorded in the golden anniversary year of this Austin pipe organ—Opus 2259. He is available for additional concerts or musical programs. Please contact him if you are interested in having him perform at your event—540-325-3889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.