FRIENDS ASSOCIATION FOR THE REDEMPTION CHURCH ORGANS
The Friends Association for the Redemption Church Organs (Association des Amis des Orgues de la Rédemption (A.A.O.R.) was created in June 1978 to help the Parish of the Redemption in Lyon, France to preserve and be part to the restoration of the great Merklin symphonic organ, property of the city of Lyon, and one of the most beautiful instruments in the Lyon area.
Since many years, the great Merklin organ already suffered from a number of malfunctions, and became totally mute in 2006. Since 1978, thanks to the money collected on the occasion of numerous concerts, to the contributions of the members of the Association and the subsidies from the Parish, our Association managed to gather an important financial intake to participate, in a fairly high proportion, at a full restoration of the instrument.
Unfortunately, the city of Lyon, owner of the Merklin organ, clearly expressed in 2010 its intention to indefinitely postpone the long-awaited restoration of the instrument, and preferred to launch a procedure for registration of the organ as a historical monument.
Faced with this situation and to overcome the silence of the great organ, under the leadership of Father Georges Favre, formerly priest of the parish, and Hubert Fournier, former president of the A.A.O.R., our Association met the decision to devote its financial resources to the construction of a brand new pipe organ, in the church nave, adapted to the liturgy, and able to serve many concerts organised at the Redemption Church.
And indeed, since 2012, a new 26 stops instrument of baroque type, built by the organ workshop Hermanos DESMOTTES, and now property of our Association, accompanies ceremonies and allows for the organisation of various concerts in the large nave of the Redemption Church.
Our Association today continues its efforts to complete the financing of the new organ and regularly intervene with the city of Lyon and the DRAC (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles) for the restoration within a reasonable timeframe of the Merklin organ which is now registered in its entirety (instrumental part and casing) as a Historic Monument by decision of the French Ministry of Culture on 18 June 2015.
Our resources come from contributions of members, subscriptions to pipes, quests for the concerts and various subsidies.