St. Peter's Chateau d'Oex Organ Fund Donate Installed just over 100 years ago, our organ has an interesting history. Although the church was built and inaugurated in 1899, it had no organ for many years. “In 1916, however, when 400-600 British soldiers were interned in Château-d’Oex for the duration of the war, the chaplain of St Peter’s, Reverend Lampen, wrote to The Times of London. He described the soldiers’ 'sense of thankfulness to God for their deliverance' from the prison camps and the horrors of war and their appreciation of the church services where they sang 'with all their hearts'. Music for the services was provided by an American harmonium but it was not sufficiently powerful. He therefore requested help so that St Peter’s could 'procure a small but efficient instrument … an organ that would be a permanent memorial to the historic sojourn of our British officers and men in this valley of Switzerland.' He added that he felt sure there were 'many wives and friends of the interned prisoners of war who would esteem it a privilege to contribute towards placing such a memorial in the English church of Château-d’Oex.' The British public responded generously to his heartfelt plea and now, just over 100 years later, this is the organ we still have in St. Peter’s … and it is in need of repair. It is our turn to be part of our organ’s history and to be caretakers for the future.” Please help us to restore our organ and keep the music of St. Peter’s resounding for future generations! A specialist in historic organ restoration, tuning and maintenance, Dr David Elliott, will undertake the renovation. He has advised us that our Goll organ, made by one of Switzerland’s leading organ builders, is a rare example of its period. It is rare because, unlike many other 100-year old organs, it still operates with its original pneumatic action and has not been modified to suit changing musical tastes. He classifies the present condition of our organ as 'playable' but in need of work to replace all the leather action (over 1500 parts), and repair air leaks and damage from carpenter ants and the high range of humidity in the church. The estimated cost of the repairs is CHF 15,000/£12,275. The organ comprises almost 600 pipes, each of which has to be individually restored at an average cost of CHF 25.00/£20.00 per pipe. So, if you would like to donate, just choose the number of pipes you will sponsor! All donations, large and small, are very welcome. With your contribution, please be sure to include a note that it is for 'St. Peter’s Organ Repairs, Château-d’Oex'. For more information and to hear the organ play, see the St. Peter's website here.