Sunday, December 4, 2011
YOUNG HENRY AND THE PIPE ORGAN
There was much singing and smiling! Following the formal presentations everyone was invited to an adjoining hall to view the projects each student had completed before the year started. All proud grandparents were in awe of the students abilities to say the least!
BUT...one particular performance nearly brought down the house and received a very lengthy standing ovation. A young man in grade 8, Henry Webb, gave a stunning mini-concert on the churches four- story pipe organ. The schools headmaster related his story.
Henry first noticed that grand musical instrument just two years ago while attending a "Grandparents Day" when he was in grade 6. He was enthralled and asked the organist to teach him to play it. She quietly informed him that piano lessons had to come first and was confidant he'd be busy for years practicing sight reading and tedious scales. He immediately started classical piano and took lessons for 3 months. He returned to ask once again if she would teach him to play that organ. She agreed! Soon it was very apparent that Henry and the Pipe Organ were made for each other. He spent this past summer touring Europe and playing organs in the ancient cathedrals there. One year after his formal organ training began, Henry played the Prelude and Postlude for this years Grandparents Day program and we were among those benefiting from his dedication and unbelievable talent.
That very young man stunned the crowd with Bach's Fugue in D Major and Salomes Grand Choeur. The Postlude was Toccata by Alphonse Mailly. His fingers AND feet were flying over the keys. Everyone jumped from their seats and gave him their roaring applause. He quickly took a bow and disappeared behind the organ. He had to be coaxed out to receive the extended ovation. He was bashfully embarrassed and pleased at the same time!
I saw it with my own eyes, his performance was glorious!! Henry Webb was BORN to play the pipe organ. It is amazing that he discovered his purpose for existing while only in the sixth grade!
Not just anyone can tackle the pipe organ! The extremely gifted and faithful organist of Park Cities Baptist church has served there for the past 35 years. Thankfully she saw something in Henry that convinced her to take the time to teach him. Thankfully he sought her out to be his teacher and mentor.
It certainly is a match made in heaven. Only God could do such a thing! Henry will spend his life making incredible music! Hopefully we'll get to hear more of it!