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RCCO Vancouver Centre Annual Members Recital

Vancouver organists present an eclectic programme on St James’ majestic three-manual Casavant organ.  This annual event is a great opportunity to hear and meet Vancouver organists as their performance bring to life the rich pallete of sound of the historic pipe organ.

Admission is by donation, and the event is followed by a reception. Please confirm your attendance for planning purposes.

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The Pipe Organ at St James'

In 1938 Casavant Frères of St Hyacinthe, Québec, was awarded the contract for a new 3-manual organ of 1760 pipes.  The organ itself was located in the north transept of the church, formerly the choir gallery, which was lowered to make room for the instrument, with a façade designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott — the same architect who designed St James’ Church building.  Over the years some minor changes were made to meet the musical demands of a living church, including a new Choir division with three ranks in the west gallery in 1948, and a new organ console in 2003.  With the addition of the Choir division, the organ now has 33 ranks, and just under 2000 pipes.  The main organ is located high on the north gallery of the church – an excellent location, as grand sound of this fine Casavant Frères organ is marvellously enhanced by the church's outstanding acoustics.