University Department of Music had been looking for a
home for a practice organ which it was no longer in need
of. The Department only occasionally has an organ
student and when they do come, they normally connect
with a local Halifax church and practice there. The
organ is an electric action pipe organ built by Hill,
Norman & Beard (London, England) in 1971. They were
offering the organ free of charge, on an as-is, where-is
Himmelman, current organist at St. David’s Presbyterian
Church in Halifax, knew of the Department’s desire to
find a home for the organ. He asked the people of St.
James’ Anglican Church in LaHave, the church he attended
as a child, if they would like this gift. He offered to
disassemble the organ from the practice room and
reassemble the organ at St. James and to give a
recital. The congregation and rector were most
enthusiastic about the gracious offers of the Dalhousie
Music Department and of Mark Himmelman’s time and
volunteered two weeks of his summer holidays in August
and several Mondays in September and October to complete
this complicated and delicate task of disassembling and
then reassembling the organ in its new home and tuning
the hundreds of pipes of all shapes and sizes. Mark had
the help of his uncle Melvin Himmelman, a warden at St.
James, and others to do some of the heavy moving. Only
about a dozen of the hundreds of magnets which control
the opening and closing of air valves for the pipes have
had to be replaced.
The pipe organ
was dedicated to the glory of God and in memory of Mark’s
father, Wendell Himmelman, and great grandmother,
Florence Himmelman at an organ recital held on November 2, 2007.