Remembering ‘quake victims with organ concert

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A memorial organ concert will again be held to remember those who died in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

The annual concert, organised by the South Island Organ Company, has been held eight times to remember victims of the earthquake on February 22, 2011.

South Island Organ Company co-director Valerie Hargraves said this year’s performance would be held on February 24 and led by Dunedin-based organist David Burchell.

The original concert, in April 2011, was held in memory of the three Organ Company staff members, Neil Stocker, Scott Lucy and volunteer Paul Dunlop, who were killed in the Durham St Methodist Church during the earthquake.

Former employee Josh Anderson, who is now based in England, was also in the church at the time, but survived.

He was the organist at last year’s memorial concert, Mrs Hargraves said.

“That was a bit poignant.”

She had expected interest in the commemorative event to wane over the years, but people had approached her to keep it going.

“There’s not much else that happens in the Timaru community [to commemorate].”

Mrs Hargraves said they could reach the milestone of 10 concerts, but she would see if interest continued.

“Hopefully, people are moving on.”

She said although people never forgot the earthquake and those who died, they might not always want to commemorate it seven years down the track.

“[But we hope] it helps with healing.”

The Earthquake Memorial Concert will be held at Sacred Heart Basilica at 4.30pm on Saturday, February 24. Free entry.