The Organ Transplant

All round Britain, church organs languish un-played, as congregations shrink and fashions in music and worship change.

In Eastern Europe, by contrast, many churches have never had an organ, and in those that have, the instrument is often dilapidated and unplayable, thanks to 50 years of Soviet neglect.

It's particularly true in Latvia, which has a fine tradition of church organ music, but no organs left to play on.

Miriam O'reilly follows Uldis Rubezis, former Soviet red army athlete, church elder, and general wheeler dealer, as he takes the unwanted British organs back to Latvia where they are lovingly reassembled.

show more detailshow less detail

Episodes

First
Broadcast
RepeatedComments
2005122620060402

All round Britain, church organs languish un-played, as congregations shrink and fashions in music and worship change.

In Eastern Europe, by contrast, many churches have never had an organ, and in those that have, the instrument is often dilapidated and unplayable, thanks to 50 years of Soviet neglect.

It's particularly true in Latvia, which has a fine tradition of church organ music, but no organs left to play on.

Miriam O'reilly follows Uldis Rubezis, former Soviet red army athlete, church elder, and general wheeler dealer, as he takes the unwanted British organs back to Latvia where they are lovingly reassembled.