Restoration of the Chapel and the Organ

Restoration of the Chapel and the Organ

The fabric of the chapel and the organ are in need of attention. The College is looking to appoint a firm of organ builders to undertake a major refurbishment of the Snetzler organ.  The brief will be to retain the existing Snetzler pipes and the case in order to re-create an instrument worthy of the original ambition.  We have already had a number of donations to the organ fund and we will be launching an appeal as soon as we know the precise cost.  It will be 2019 at the earliest before the organ is re-installed and a number of repairs to the fabric of the chapel will need to be completed before then. In the summer of 2018 the perished aluminium roof will be replaced by lead and we expect to have to undertake some restoration of the east window while the scaffolding is in place. At the same time we will be turning our attention to the interior - particularly the heating and lighting.  While this work is in progress we will try to return the chapel's acoustic to what it must have been before the introduction of heating.  Much of these costs will be born by the endowment as core maintenance costs, but as the work proceeds additional works that are desirable though not essential will emerge - these will be made possible by the chapel fund.  The Development Director will be delighted to discuss these with any Petreans interested.

This is also an opportune moment to develop a master plan for the restoration of the Chapel. The first step will be a conference with papers on the history of the chapel and its ornamentation and discussions of best practice planned for the first weekend of October 2017. 

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