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Hilda Pike was the church organist at Wesley United in Port aux Basques for nearly half a century before moving to Corner Brook six years ago. She was back on the southwest coast over the holidays and played at some services.
Hilda Pike was the church organist at Wesley United in Port aux Basques for nearly half a century before moving to Corner Brook six years ago. She was back on the southwest coast over the holidays and played at some services.

For almost half a century, Hilda Pike provided the soundtrack to church services in Port aux Basques.

Pike was the regular organ player at the Wesley United Church for 45 years and filled in for weddings and funerals at other churches in the area when the regular organist was unavailable.
About six years ago she moved to Corner Brook, where she has continued to play whenever a church is in need of a substitute organist.
"It doesn't make a difference where I go," she said. "I just enjoy doing it."
Pike grew up in Curling, now part of Corner Brook, and studied music with the nuns at the Convent of Mercy.
"We had an organ in our house," she said. "I did a lot of practising on the organ and then I would go to the convent to practise on the piano."
Pike said she loved both instruments, but was more comfortable with the organ.
She moved to the southwest coast in 1951.
Soon after she began playing the organ for church services.
Pike said she never intended to play for entertainment purposes, but fell into the role.
"Music was always an enjoyment for me," she said. "I go to lots of musical events because I enjoy it."
She credited the nuns with getting her involved in playing at churches.
"They wanted me to bring my church hymn book with me so I could learn to play hymns in the churches," she said. "I think that's where I first got the real interest in playing hymns and playing church music."
Pike doesn't have any plans to stop playing any time soon. She said she would tell ministers she would give it up when it became work.
"But I've never found it a chore," she said. "It was never a chore to get up Sunday morning and go play in church."
bryan.tait@tc.tc

Pike was the regular organ player at the Wesley United Church for 45 years and filled in for weddings and funerals at other churches in the area when the regular organist was unavailable.
About six years ago she moved to Corner Brook, where she has continued to play whenever a church is in need of a substitute organist.
"It doesn't make a difference where I go," she said. "I just enjoy doing it."
Pike grew up in Curling, now part of Corner Brook, and studied music with the nuns at the Convent of Mercy.
"We had an organ in our house," she said. "I did a lot of practising on the organ and then I would go to the convent to practise on the piano."
Pike said she loved both instruments, but was more comfortable with the organ.
She moved to the southwest coast in 1951.
Soon after she began playing the organ for church services.
Pike said she never intended to play for entertainment purposes, but fell into the role.
"Music was always an enjoyment for me," she said. "I go to lots of musical events because I enjoy it."
She credited the nuns with getting her involved in playing at churches.
"They wanted me to bring my church hymn book with me so I could learn to play hymns in the churches," she said. "I think that's where I first got the real interest in playing hymns and playing church music."
Pike doesn't have any plans to stop playing any time soon. She said she would tell ministers she would give it up when it became work.
"But I've never found it a chore," she said. "It was never a chore to get up Sunday morning and go play in church."
bryan.tait@tc.tc

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