Kerksondermure (KSM) in Centurion donated their unused pipe organ to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pietermaritzburg, to revive a love of church music.
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal – The congregation at St. Mary’s Catholic Church had long since forgotten the harmonies of a pipe organ. Six years prior, a storm ravaged the church, leaving their beloved pipe organ destroyed.
Over the years, they have made do with their choir and harmonious congregation. That was until Werner Hurter, the director and CEO of Pyporrels attended a service at St. Mary’s and was sparked by inspiration.
His love of pipe organ music inspired him to connect the church with another to relocate an unused pipe organ. Werner approached the Kerksondermure (KSM) in Centurion about their pipe organ. KSM gladly agreed to send their organ across the country to KwaZulu-Natal where it would be much appreciated.
KSM had not used the organ and were happy to donate it to St. Mary’s. Werner then started the process of relocating the organ. Not only was it relocated, but it was also reimagined to fit the church structure.
Thanks to the beautiful architecture of St. Mary’s the organ fits in perfectly and has since brought much joy to the congregation.
Mary Gardener, who has been part of the church since she was a student in university, says she felt blessed that a church of a different faith would so humbly donate their organ to her church. She said it had brought her such joy.
The collaboration has united two churches, two communities and the hearts of South Africans. Take a look at the momentous achievement below.