Music plays a vital role in worship and community life of St John’s, a parish with a rich musical heritage. Congregational singing is led by our choir, which also offers its own gifts in singing anthems and motets. Music is supported by two pipe organs of contrasting styles, a grand piano, and other instrumentalists in the parish. St John’s is also a desired venue for other musical ensembles, including Spiritus Ensemble and the Grand Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
In celebration of the restoration and installation of our Gabriel Kney mechanical-action organ in 2007, we posted this photo essay of the instrument’s journey from storage in a warehouse in Chatham, Ontario, to its new home in the south transept of St. John’s. This article is now a living record of a time in our parish history that we remember fondly.