To play it, you need to be an athlete of the first order. The console has five manual keyboards, and a sixth is made by the foot pedals. The pipes range in length from very short, less than an inch tall, to very long – up to 32 feet. Most are mounted at the front of the church.
This instrument, the largest pipe organ in Canada, was installed in TORONTO’s Metropolitan United Church in 1929-30, two years after a raging fire turned much of the church into an “icebound skeleton”.
Every Thursday at noon, the Met offers a musical recital and usually it’s an organ recital, 12:15 to 12:45 pm. After regular Sunday services visitors can sit up front under the pipes and listen to the organ postludes. A docent will explain just how the organ works. For more information – http://www.Metunited.org
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