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  1. The Dean and Chapter have awarded the contract to Harrison & Harrison. https://www.cathedral.org.uk/docs/default-source/Music/v2315_norwich-cathedral-brochure_spreads.pdf?sfvrsn=0
  2. Details of the Canterbury project now emerging ( see work in progress specification below ) https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/support-us/supporting-us/the-canterbury-voice/the-cathedral-organ-project/
  3. The Canterbury Cathedral Friends newsletter Feb2016 has the following statement concerning the organ:- Planning for the rebuild of the organ itself is well advanced and we are concentrating on the other major part of the project, the new console. Its location has been chosen (in the North Quire Aisle) but the positioning of the platform and the appearance of the whole structure are matters under heavy debate. We are working with some very reputable designers and hope to confirm a design by the summer. Once we have everything in place, including the additional funding that this project will need, it will take a full year to complete the work and in that time we will have to rely on alternative sources of music making.
  4. They may be further along then we think as the statement i found on the Canterbury Cathedral USA Friends website published 2014! Harrisons are not saying much on the project
  5. Canterbury Cathedral Organ , Project Confirmed awarded to H&H. Chapter have appointed an organ builder, Harrisons & Harrisons of Durham, to design the reconstruction of the Willis Organ in the Quire triforium as a four manual. The plan is to divide the organ’s pipework between the north and south triforia of the Quire so that a better musical balance is struck as well as restoring the organ to its full 19th Century capacity. Moving forward depends on finding an acceptable design for a new organ console which is to be positioned in the North Quire Aisle, above and behind the choir stalls. Once the console issue has been resolved, the Organ rebuild can move ahead, but it will take up to 2 years to reconstruct the organ and we still have to achieve full funding for the project.
  6. Kenneth Tickell Manchester Cathedral, UK Kenneth Tickell and Company are proud to announce that they have been commissioned to build a new organ for the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester. The new organ has been designed to enhance worship in both the chancel and nave of the cathedral, as well as being a distinguished concert and recital instrument. The musical and liturgical needs of a cathedral should govern the design and placement of an instrument, and for most of the working life of this cathedral an organ, or portions of an organ, have been included on the screen. The beautiful medieval screen will be reinforced to allow the new organ to sit above it with case fronts facing both East to the altar and quire, where daily services are sung, and West to the newly paved nave where Sunday morning services, many concerts and diocesan services take place. The new organ, of six divisions, comprises 79 stops over four manuals and pedal. The main screen case will contain the Great, Swell and Pedal, arranged to speak equally east and west. A Choir organ speaks east into the chancel and a west facing Positive organ provides solo repertoire orientated stops. Both of these divisions will play from the same manual. On the south side of the chancel, a two-level Solo organ will be provided in a position least evident from the nave, allowing new eastward vistas to be revealed when the current organ is removed. The Jesus Chapel pedal 32' stops will be retained as will two of the high pressure solo reeds and the Contre Viole. The organ will have tracker key action for Great, Swell, Positive and screen Pedal, and electric action for the Solo, Choir and 32' pedal chests. All coupling will be electric. The organ may be played from either of two consoles; a mechanical action screen console positioned on the north side of the case, or the mobile electric-action console in the main body of the building. Construction will begin in the workshop in 2015 with completion early in 2017. The specification for Manchester Cathedral:- http://www.tickell-organs.co.uk/specInfo/Manchester.htm
  7. . Philip smith has designed the stop specification.
  8. http://www.nicholsonorgans.co.uk/portfolio/holy-trinity-cathedral-auckland/gallery/current-projects/ The New Voice organ commissioned by Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland is Nicholson’s largest new work to date, and their first Southern hemisphere contract. Featuring two stunning cases by leading designer, Didier Grassin, the new organ will sit handsomely on either side of the crossing, in chambers made available by the removal of the nave bridge. From this position, the organ will speak with clarity and eloquence into both the chancel and the nave, whilst drawing the eye through the dramatic new vista opened up along the length of the building. With 90 speaking stops and 5,322 pipes, the organ will be one of the most significant instruments in the Southern hemisphere and the largest in New Zealand. It will be played from two identical consoles, a fixed console in a loft above the Cathedral’s Marsden Chapel, and a moveable console in the Nave, each with 4-manuals and 122 drawstops, and equipped with the latest technology. The installation of a large new organ is something that happens rarely, and therefore the new Cathedral organ has been designed to be suitable for the all purposes to which it may be put. The specification is for an instrument that is versatile and eclectic (whilst in the tradition of a British Cathedral organ), so that the choir may be accompanied effectively, congregational singing supported and encouraged (aided by a small but powerful nave facing section of flues on a higher wind pressure), and the entire solo repertoire can be played with conviction. Most of the pipework will be generously scaled to allow unforced tone with carrying power, and many stops will be of similar dynamic to allow them to be used together, giving a multitude of tonal colours. The (liturgical) south case will accommodate the Swell above Solo, each in an expression box with shutters facing both east and west, and the north organ will house the Great and Choir divisions, with the large Pedal pipes occupying the site of the present Harrison organ (low frequencies can effectively diffuse around corners and obstructions). There will be loud stops for excitement such as the Orchestral Trumpet and Tuba Mirabilis, and the Pedal will have a new unenclosed Bombarde rank to add power and colour to the tutti, but there will be a very wide range of quieter stops to soothe the ears when required (including a family of Strings on the Solo from 16’ to a three rank Cornet de Violes). The organ includes both an Open Wood and a Sub-bourdon at 32 feet in order to deliver the sense of very low-pitched gravitas expected of a Cathedral organ. The Great and Swell chorus reeds will be on higher pressure than the fluework allowing their voicing to be firm but bright, with the Great reeds being reasonably sonorous and rich, and the Swell reeds having more ‘fire’. Two sets of bells – a twelve-note Carillon and an Étoile Sonore (consisting of a rotating metal star on which several small bells are mounted, producing a continuous tinkling sound when the stop is engaged), complete the generously comprehensive specification. Manuals CC to C (61 notes) : Pedals CCC to G (32 notes) Pitch 440Hz @ 21.1oC Great Organ Double Open Diapason Open Diapason I Open Diapason II Gamba Stopped Diapason Harmonic Flute Principal Wald Flute Twelfth Fifteenth Seventeenth Fourniture IV Sharp Mixture III 26.29.33 Tremulant Contra Posaune Posaune Clarion West Great Organ Open Diapason Octave Superoctave Mixture V Swell Organ (enclosed) Contra Salicional Open Diapason Gedeckt Salicional Voix Celestes T.C. Principal Nason Flute Fifteenth Mixture III 17.19.22 Oboe Voix Humaine Tremulant Double Trumpet Cornopean Clarion Swell Octave Swell Suboctave Swell Unison Off Choir Organ Bourdon Open Diapason Bourdon Principal Chimney Flute Nazard Fifteenth Recorder Tierce Larigot Septieme Flageolet Mixture III 19.22.26 Cremona Tremulant Tuba Mirabilis (from Solo) Orchestral Trumpet (from Solo) Choir Octave Choir Suboctave Choir Unison Off Étoile Sonore 16 8 8 8 8 8 4 4 22/3 2 13/5 - - 16 8 4 8 4 2 16 8 8 8 8 4 4 2 - 8 8 16 8 4 16 8 8 4 4 22/3 2 2 13/5 11/3 11/7 1 - 8 8 8 Solo Organ (enclosed) Contra Viole Viole d’Orchestre Viole Celeste T.C. Concert Flute Flute Celeste T.C. Octave Viole Harmonic Flute Harmonic Piccolo Cornet de Violes III 10.12.15 Cor Anglais Corno di Bassetto Tremulant French Horn Orchestral Trumpet Solo Organ (unenclosed) Tuba Mirabilis Solo Octave Solo Suboctave Solo Unison Off Carillon Pedal Organ Double Open Wood Contra Bourdon Open Wood Open Metal Open Diapason (from Great) Bourdon Salicional Echo Bourdon (from Choir) Quint Octave Wood Principal Bass Flute Salicet Tierce Quint Septieme Fifteenth Open Flute Mixture IV Contra Bombarde Bombarde French Horn (from Solo) Bombarde Clarion Pedal Enclosed Reeds Contra Trombone Trombone Tromba 16 8 8 8 8 4 4 2 - 8 8 16 8 8 12 notes 32 32 16 16 16 16 16 16 102/3 8 8 8 8 62/5 51/3 44/7 4 4 - 32 16 16 8 32 16 8 Couplers, Transfers and Playing Aids Solo to Swell Solo to Great Solo to Choir Swell to Great Swell to Choir Great to Choir Choir to Great Solo to Pedal Swell to Pedal Great to Pedal Choir to Pedal Great Reeds on Solo Great Reeds on Pedal West Great on Solo Generals on Swell Toe Pistons Great & Pedal Pistons Coupled Pedal Divide Stepper Sequencer Card reader
  9. Nicholsons are to build a new 4m organ for the cathedral , more details tommorow. See video Holy Trinity Cathedral | A New Voice:
  10. has anyone seen this blog from 2006 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2006 My proposal for Canterbury Cathedral This scheme is based on what is proposed for Canterbury Cathedral: a rebuild of the existing Willis organ in the Quire Triforium with the addition of casework and a fourth manual, a new four manual Nave Organ and the provision of an East-End Chorus. The new Nave Organ is based on recent schemes adopted by Harrison & Harrison for new 40-50 stop installations in the USA. With regards to the fourth manual, given that this is a Nave Organ, I have opted for a Bombarde division rather than a Solo manual. The entire scheme is based on the assumption that the contract is awarded to Harrison & Harrison. There are 3 reasons for this. (1) Given that Canterbury have said they intend to recruit one organ builder to carry out both the rebuild of the Quire Organ and the building of a new Nave Organ, Harrisons are one of the few organ builders with the workforce capable of carrying out such an undertaking. (2) Harrisons have demonstrated in recent years that they are capable of sympathetically rebuilding Willis organs, incorporating new material that blends in the with existing pipework. Examples I would cite include St David's Cathedral and the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel. (3) On a purely personal basis, as a long-time admirer of their work, I would like to see the Durham organ-builders be awarded this contract. QUIRE ORGAN PEDAL Open Diapason 16 Violone 16 Bourdon 16 Octave 8 Flute 8 Superoctave 4 Open Flute 4 Mixture IV Contra Posaune 32 Ophicleide 16 Fagotto 16 Posaune 8 Clarion 4 GREAT Double Open Diapason 16 Open Diapason I 8 Open Diapason II 8 Claribel Flute 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Principal 4 Flute Harmonique 4 Twelfth 22/3 Fifteenth 2 Piccolo 2 Mixture IV Fourniture IV-VI Trombone 16 Trumpet 8 Clarion 4 SWELL Double Diapason 16 Open Diapson 8 Lieblich Gedact 8 Salicional 8 Vox Angelica 8 Principal 4 Open Flute 4 Flageolet 2 Mixture III Sharp Mixture V Hautboy 8 Double Trumpet 16 Trumpet 8 Clarion 4 CHOIR Stopped Diapason 8 Dulciana 8 Principal 4 Chimney Flute 4 Nazard 2 2/3 Blockflute 2 Tierce 1 3/5 Larigot 1 1/3 Mixture IV Cremona 8 SOLO (enclosed) Viola 8 (new) Viola Celeste 8 (new) Flute harmonique 8 (new) Concert Flute 4 (new) Piccolo 2 (new) Cor Anglais 16 (new) Orchestral Oboe 8 (new) Corno di Bassetto 8 (new) French Horn (new) Tuba 8 (unenclosed) Tuba Clarion 4 (unenclosed) EAST END ORGAN (former Nave division) Open Diapason 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Octave 4 Superoctave 2 Pedal Subbass 16 NAVE ORGAN (all new) PEDAL Double Open Wood 32 Open Wood 16 Open Diapason 16 Sub Bass 16 Violone 16 (Great) Lieblich Bourdon 16 (Swell) Octave Wood 8 Principal 8 Bass Flute 8 Fifteenth 4 Flute 4 Mixture IV Contra Bombarde 32 Bombarde 16 Trombone 16 Double Trumpet 16 (Swell) Tromba 8 Clarion 4 GREAT Violone 16 Open Diapason 8 Gamba 8 Harmonic Flute 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Principal 4 Concert Flute 4 Twelfth 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Seventeenth 1 3/5 Mixture IV Trombone 16 Trumpet 8 Clarion 4 SWELL Lieblich Bourdon 16 Geigen Principal 8 Lieblich Gedackt 8 Salicional 8 Voix Céleste 8 Octave Geigen 4 Stopped Flute 4 Super Octave 2 Mixture IV Oboe 8 Vox Humana 8 Double Trumpet 16 Cornopean 8 Clarion 4 CHOIR Viola 8 Bourdon 8 Unda Maris 8 Principal 4 Open Flute 4 Nazard 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Blockflute 2 Tierce 1 3/5 Larigot 1 1/3 Mixture IV Cremona 8 BOMBARDE Open Diapason 8 Principal 4 Fifteenth 2 Mixture IV-VI Grand Cornet V Orchestral Trumpet 8 Contra Tuba 16 Tuba 8 Tuba Clarion 4 Trompette Militaire 8 Jeremy Jones 2006
  11. Ah no, I put in brackets which came out as smiles !
  12. The organ from the West Midlands originally built by Hunter rebuilt by Ingram then Rusworth & Dreaper and lastly rebuilt 2001 by Trevor Tipple and the organ is located on a gallery at the west end of the church. The organ has some nice stops but the diapason ranks on the great are feeble and the organ sounds unbalanced with any reeds drawn. any ideas ? Department and Stop list Pedal Key action El Stop action El Compass-low C Compass-high f1 Keys 30 1 Contra Geigen 16 (RANK "B" 2 Bourdon 16 (RANK "A" 3 Geigen Diapason 8 RANK "B" 4 Bass Flute 8 (RANK "A" 5 Octave Flute 4 (RANK "A" 6 Trombone 16 (ADDED 2001) Great Key action El Stop action El Compass-low C Compass-high c4 Keys 61 7 Open Diapason 8 8 Stopped Flute 8 ( 2nd hand pipework, replaced Clarabella 8) 9 Geigen Diapason 8 (RANK "B" 10 Principal 4 11 Geigen Principal4 (RANK "B" 12 Twelfth 2 2/3 (RANK "B" 13 Fifteenth 2 14 Mixture II (2nd hand pipe work added 2001) 15 Trumpet 8 (ADDED 2001) Swell Key action El Stop action El Compass-low C Compass-high c4 Keys 61 Enclosed 16 Open Diapason 8 17 Stopped Diapason 8 18 Echo Gamba 8 19 Voix Celestes 8 20 Gemshorn 4 21 Flautina 2 22 Mixture III 23 Horn 8 24 Tremulant oct sub
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