Church, Elbow Park, Calgary
The Organ (1978, Gabriel Kney of London, Ontario, Builder).
pipe organ has been called the queen of musical instruments... an orchestra
placed at the disposal of the musician playing. At Christ Church,
our pipe organ features in almost all of our worship, including Evensongs and other special liturgies beyond Sunday morning.
In accordance with much contemporary thinking about organ design, our instrument is designed on classical principles.
Two features are notable examples. First, the key action is mechanical, or “tracker” as it is sometimes described.
With this action the player has direct control of the attack and release of each note. As a result, subtleties of articulation are made possible,
which is not the case with electro-pneumatic instruments. Secondly, each division of the organ is contained in its own case,
which helps both to project the sound into the church, and to blend the speech of the various stops. However, in spite of these classical features,
care has been taken to ensure that more contemporary needs are provided for and that the hymns, settings and anthems of the Anglican liturgy
can be accompanied satisfactorily. No instrument can pretend to be an “all purpose organ” - an unwise and perhaps impossible aim.
But our instrument strikes an impressive balance in versatility and tonal integrity.