A Brandane, now living in Nairn, has spoken of his delight at news of a grant of £32,888 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of his church’s nationally recognised historic pipe organ.
Donald T. Maclagan, son of Arthur Maclagan of Messrs Macbeth and Maclagan Solicitors, and director of music at the Parish Church of Saint Ninian in Nairn (commonly known as ‘Nairn St. Ninian’s’), told us: “After almost twelve years as organist and director of music I am overjoyed that the organ is to be cleaned and overhauled, effectively re-built. This will ensure that it continues to support public worship for many more years - probably until well after my tenure here!
“It will also ensure that the organ is suitable for use both as a solo instrument and as accompaniment to concerts and recitals. It is only the fourth time in the instrument’s near century of continual use that it has been cleaned and overhauled, and this is by far the most comprehensive work ever carried out on it.”