Organs sent from Hong Kong to three churches in Granby

What do a Hong Kong foundation and three churches in Granby have in common? Nothing at first sight. But the three electronic organs that have recently reverberated in the churches Saint-Eugène, Saint-Luc and Très-Sainte-Trinité were offered by an Asian foundation that supports the development of liturgical music throughout the world.
“It is an invaluable gift that will help to give even more quality to our liturgical celebrations. […] We are very grateful to the donors, “commented at a press briefing on Tuesday Danik Savaria, the parish priest of the three parishes to which the churches are attached.

The Granby organist and engineer Jean-Luc Hébert is at the origin of this project. Ex-director of development for the organbuilder Casavant, Mr. Hébert has developed in recent years, links with the leaders of this foundation. He had been invited to submit projects if he knew of the need for this type of instrument in Canada.

“I thought of the three parishes here because they were equipped with three identical organs, which dated back to 1980, 1985. And like any electronic instrument, they had had their day. I am an organist and I saw them decline, “said the one who now works as vice president, international sales, for Saimen.

Jean-Luc Hébert submitted the nominations for the three churches in Granby. According to him, the selection process is very rigorous. “It had to be shown that it is a place where there is traffic, a beautiful animation of ceremonies, a choir and organists who can read music,” he explains.

The president of the council of the Notre-Dame parish factory, Alain Lecavalier

In total, the proceedings lasted about two years. According to Jean-Luc Hébert, this donation from the Hong Kong Foundation to the churches of Granby would be a first in Canada. The instruments, not to be confused with pipe organs and Italian-made, each have a value of $ 60,000.

The parishes have only had to pay the cost of transport, customs and taxes, about $ 4000 per instrument, for its part said the chairman of the council of the factory of the parish of Notre-Dame, which includes the Saint-Eugène and Immaculée-Conception churches, Alain Lecavalier.

“These are 2019 organs, computer controlled, powerful enough. The sound feeling exceeds what was before, “said Jean-Luc Hébert. According to him, one-off events could be organized around new instruments. Media representatives were given a short improvised concert on Tuesday.

This Sunday, September 22, the public will be able to attend a mini-concert of the organist Kevin Paradis at 10:30, at the Saint-Eugène church. This will precede the parish fair.

This is the second year that this event, like neighborhood feast, is organized. Families in the neighborhood are invited to meet and discover activities taking place in their neighborhood.

The fair will begin at 11:00 am, with the blessing of school bags and teachers during a celebration, and will continue with a hot dog and corn dinner. Inflatable games and other activities are on the program.

The profits from the fair will be donated to the Phoenix school and its two pavilions – Sainte-Marie and Saint-Eugène – to offer snacks and dietary supplements to children, says Alain Lecavalier.

“Year of the organs”

The priest Savaria also slipped in passing, Tuesday, that 2019 is certainly “the year of the organs” in Granby.

In addition to donating the new instruments to the three churches, a grant of nearly $ 100,000 was announced last month to upgrade the Casavant (pipe) organ of the Sainte-Famille church, as part of the a program aimed at “the protection, transmission and enhancement of religious cultural heritage”.

The century-old organ of Notre-Dame Church, now the Notre-Dame center, has recently been put back into operation after a long period of construction work in the building. He is also at the heart of a restoration project. It was to be relaunched at the end of the work. Grant applications to this effect have already been received.

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