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VALPARAÍSO, Chile — Every Sunday the Anglican cathedral of St. Paul in Valparaíso opens its doors at noon to welcome visitors who come to listen to concerts on its organ. This routine on the century-old organ has kept the church alive for the last 30 years.
Built in 1858, St. Paul’s used to bring together the British community that settled in Valparaíso, the country’s main port, following Chile’s independence from the Spanish Empire in 1818. The city had become a hub for immigrants, led by the British and Germans, who were followed by the Italians, French and Spanish. Over the 20th century, those communities immigrated to the neighboring city of Viña del Mar or to the capital, Santiago. With fewer parishioners to serve, St. Paul’s deteriorated. The situation was dire when Oenone Gray, along with her friend Roland Geddes, who passed away in 2003, launched a joint effort to save the church.
The now 88-year-old Gray, along with Geddes and Jorge Cavajal, a native of Valparaíso, started St. Paul’s restoration committee in 1990. Water was coming inside the church on rainy days. The organ with the inscription VIR for Victoria Imperatrix Regina had one of its sides about to fall. Many of the organ’s notes didn’t sound, so Geddes focused on the Queen Victoria Memorial Organ. “He loved music,” Gray said. “He began going to the church and started fixing the organ.”
Asimismo, les recordamos nuestro concierto del 26 de Junio, a las 12.30 horas como siempre, con el eximio organista polaco Dr Michal Szostak, de gira por varios países de Sudamérica. Agenden la fecha, ya que es una oportunidad muy especial.
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