9 Lessons and Carols: 2019 pictures

Below are some pictures from our (again) well-supported 9 Lessons and Carols service. Our thanks go to the many who participated, helping to make it such an enjoyable celebration: choir including visiting singers, readers, congregation, church decorators, and not to forget the mince-pie-and-other- nibbles providers who successfully tempted us to stay and chat after the service. (Tap or click in any individual picture to see the full frame).

St James the Less organ back in operation!

On Thursday 12th December the re-installation of our organ was completed, in good time for all our Christmas celebrations. One picture of the completed work is shown below. In the next few days more photos of the installation process and final result will be put on our web site.  Our thanks go to all the Henry Willis & Sons Ltd (Liverpool) craftsmen that worked so hard to make this happen and to Henry Wallace, Organ Advisor, The Scottish Federation of Organists. Henry is Organist and Choirmaster of Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh and has been with us every step of the way in the project.

We also thank those from St James who did the liaison work with our organ builders and our insurers. We particularly thank everyone who, without prompting, donated money that totally eradicated the short fall of around £14,000.00 from the settlement agreed with our insurers.

Over the next weeks and months Henry Willis & Sons will provide technical support to help the organ ‘bed in’ at Penicuik, both through tuning and the ironing out any gremlins that will undoubtedly appear!