The new Tickell organ in Manchester cathedral has been visually unveiled. It looks stunning!
Pictures on the cathedral's and organ builder's Facebook pages
https://www.facebook...244123/?fref=ts which also includes a statement from Pippa Tickell:
Kenneth Tickell and Company are proud to announce the unveiling of the cases of their organ for Manchester Cathedral.
The instrument is not yet finished as there is still 3 months of tonal finishing to be completed before the instrument can sing its true tune. The removal of the scaffolding and hoardings around it merely allow us to see what we will have to wait to hear.
What you can see comes from the collaboration of many English organ-building talents: the case design by the late Kenneth Tickell and Tomas Jansky, the company's technical designer; the case manufacture by Penny's Mill of Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, the flue pipes by Terry Shires of Leeds, the gilding by Chris Wells of Sheffield, restoration of the Jesus Chapel pipes and soundboards by David Wells (Organbuilders) of LIverpool and pipe shade design by Steven Raw of Manchester. Reed pipes have made by Killinger pipe manufacturers in Germany. The consultant is Paul Hale.
But while the organ could not have been built without all these talented craftspeople, the real heroes of the job are the Tickell team who have weathered the storm of losing their leader in July of 2014 to create the firm's third and largest cathedral organ to date. They have spent months on site and in the workshop designing, crafting and building the whole instrument with its dual mechanical and electric action bringing the whole together in honour of the man who is its originator: Kenneth Tickell. They are: Josh Anderson, Simon Brown, Stuart Coles, Tony Coles Jeff Hubbard, Tom Jansky, Michael Latham (sub contractor) Tristan Moore Tim Pipkin, Gary Stone.
We all look forward to early April when the organ will be "handed over" to the cathedral after Simon Brown has completed his tonal finishing and can await news of its opening.
I grew up in Manchester and whilst I was fond of the old organ, the idea of a new organ on the pulpitum has been around since I began playing the organ as as teenager. I can't wait to see and hear it 'in person'.
Congratulations to all involved, not least Christopher Stokes without whose vision and patience this would not have come about.