Director of Music Janet Anderson together with guest Organist Ennio Cominetti at the Organ Console
One of the lesser known gems of the Diocese in Europe is the Church of the Ascension in Cadenabbia, on Lake Como, Italy. This is a church that was founded in the late 19th century, which is now connected to the Milan parish, but which continues to be served by a series of visiting locum priests. It is a beautiful building in a most exquisite location.
Recently, one of the locum clergy, the Revd Stephen Anderson, reported on a significant event in the Church of the Ascension when on the 29th September there was a "triple celebration": the feast of Michaelmas the 122th anniversary of the dedication of the building, and a service of thanksgiving for the restoration of the organ.
The Music Director, Janet Anderson, spearheaded an organ appeal which raised €30,000 in less than 2 years. Several benefactors and a large congregation were able to enjoy voluntaries on the restored organ played by Maestro Ennio Cominetti, a well known local recitalist, who showed off the power and range of the organ to good effect, before and after the Sung Eucharist.
During the service, Fr Stephen dedicated the restored organ, saying that “it should not merely produce a pleasing combination of sounds and tunes, but lead to an expansion of the heart and the soul”.
The Church of the Ascension exists to serve local English speaking residents and provides a source of spiritual refreshment for the many holidaymakers who visit picturesque Lake Como and the surrounding area during the summer season.
The website is here.