Concert Celebrates Obu Pipe Organ’s 25 Years

The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers performed at the concert at Victoria Hall in Bolton on Saturday evening. Fusilier Rigby’s mother, stepfather and sisters all attended. The soldier, from Langley, Middleton, was stabbed to death in the street near Woolwich Barracks in London on 22 May. Organiser Ann-Marie Etherington said the concert was “moving and emotional”. ‘Poignant finale’ About 600 people attended the event, at which the Manchester branch of the Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums also performed. Ms Etherington, from the Rotary Club of Great Hardwood and Rishton said: “The Fusiliers designed the programme so there was something for everyone, with everything from James Bond theme music to music from shows. “It was very emotional in parts but there was some humour too. “The finale was extremely poignant. The final song was Here’s to the Heroes and then Lee’s two young sisters were presented with a large portrait of him.” She said: “Lee’s mother Lyn told me it had been difficult but she was very moved by it and grateful. She said she was glad she came.” Lee Rigby was a drummer with the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Ms Etherington added: “Victoria Hall has superb acoustics and, with the 50-strong Fusilier band and 12 pipers, it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.” The 25-year-old soldier had been in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers since 2006. He was walking to the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, when he was struck by a car and then attacked. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been charged with his murder.

Fusilier Lee Rigby: Concert held in Bolton in his memory

The band during rehearsals

Each one is an individual creation, matching the time, place and the people who play it. Often the instrument is the center of a church, a theater or a university concert hall that is built to accommodate and accentuate the organ. Such an instrument resides in McBeth Recital Hall at Ouachita Baptist University. The organ at OBUs Division of Music, in the School of Fine Arts, was first played in concert in September 1988. A celebration of the instruments 25th birthday is set for Tuesday night. The organ is by the Reuter Organ Co. in Lawrence, Kan., and took over a year to build and install, said Ouida Keck, director of the keyboard studies program at OBU. It has 1,989 pipes, ranging from 16 feet to the size of a pencil. It has 26 stops, 34 ranks, three manuals and a full range of pedals. The numbers mean that the organ is set to play almost any kind of music, thanks to Russell Hodges, who recently retired after 35 years at Ouachita Baptist. The celebration concert is being held to honor Hodges, who played a key role in the selection and installation of the organ 25 years ago. Russell designed it to be a concert instrument, not a church organ, Keck said. The concert will show off what the organ can do. Hodges was the organ teacher, and he taught piano, church music, music theory and general-education courses. He also served as the music librarian for the school, Keck said. Hodges was a member of the American Guild of Organists. The concert will be performed by James David Christie, the organist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 35 years and a professor of organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio.