July 14 at 5 pm a British Choir Sings at Brooklyn Benefit for the Our Lady of Refuge Church Pipe Organ Restoration http://www.olrbrooklyn.org/pipeorgan/july-14th.php

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On July 14, a college choir from Cambridge, England, makes a stop in Brooklyn to help an American pipe organ regain its voice. The 5pm Mass at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Brooklyn will feature 28 singers from the Selwyn College Choir. Most of the members are students at Selwyn and Newham Colleges, and their performance venues have included St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Listeners worldwide have been able to enjoy the choir via BBC Radio broadcasts.

The choir will sing Orlando di Lasso's "Missa Bell," Purcell’s "Remember not, Lord, our offenses," Parsons's "Ave Maria," and Pilkington’s "Care for thy soul" at Mass. The collection from the evening Mass will benefit the Our Lady of Refuge Organ Fund. The church's instrument, a historic 1,800-pipe Kilgen organ, required extensive repairs and rehabilitation to restore full operation. More than 80 percent of the funds needed (more than $180,000 so far) have been raised through the efforts of church members and more then 700 organ enthusiasts worldwide.

The Selwyn Choir's appearance is just the latest event organized to collect the remaining $47,000 needed to complete organ repairs and reinstallation. Our Lady of Refuge pastor Fr. Michael Perry met Sarah MacDonald, the Director of the Selwyn College Choir, last summer in Paris. Their conversation led to an invitation to the Selwyn Choir to sing in Brooklyn.

For the most recent news about the restoration, visit the organ's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kilgen5163

Our Lady of Refuge Church is an active Roman Catholic parish in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, attended by more than 1,000 people each week. Originally founded in 1911 by Irish and German Catholics, the church is now home to some 30 nationalities. Our Lady of Refuge serves the social needs of all, regardless of a person's religious affiliation. The parish’s community programs include a food pantry that provides for 300 households each week and a women's homeless shelter.

If you can’t attend the 5pm Mass and would like to make a contribution to the organ fund, donations can be made through the parish's website (http://www.olrbrooklyn.org/pipeorgan/july-14th.php) or mailed to:

The Our Lady of Refuge ORGAN FUND, 2020 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210, Atten: Judy Agard, Business Manager

If you have questions regarding the Mass or would like to know more about the pipe organ restoration, please call the parish office or send a message to us through our website.

(Our Lady of Refuge is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.)

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