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David Crick

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  1. The Town Hall in Haverhill, Suffolk once boasted a 3-manual Binns, although it was removed in the late 80's / early 90's and taken to the The Mechanical Music Museum at Cotton, nr Stowmarket. I have no idea what condition it is in now - I played it about 1980 and it was in need of some attention even then. Not by coincidence, the organ was a similar specification to one literally just down the road at the Old Independent Church (before the en chamade trumpets were added in 1992!!) NPOR H00676 Both organs were gifts of the Gurteen family, local mill owners, whose factory still functions i
  2. I joined my local association a couple of years ago and my experience has been generally positive. To be sure the standard varies among the members - there are some fine players (including a cathedral organist) and some who are 'average' (and I would include myself in that category!). I have been able to hear and play organs that normally I wouldn't get the opportunity to visit and I've been made very welcome by the existing members. I guess everyone speaks from their own experience but I have to say that I have found some of the comments posted on this topic to have been patronising and
  3. We are planning on restoring our 3-manual Holdich organ, to commence this October, at a cost of £100,000 or more and have managed to raise the money in six months. We are fortunate in that it is an historic instrument and we have attracted grants of over £30k. We also had a modest fund established before we began our campaign. However, we are only a moderately sized church (membership of c100) in a small town and the organ shares the musical load with a small (acoustic) worship band. This fact alone meant that some in the church didn't think it was worth preserving the organ. There was also op
  4. The fine organ to which Nigel refers is about to be restored - see www.hinckleyurcorgan.co.uk It is thought to be the largest surviving Holdich organ and according to John Norman is only one of two large organs surviving designed by Gauntlett (the other being the Hill organ - rebuilt Mander - at St Mary-at-Hill). It has fully developed choruses - from 16 ft - up to and including tierce mixtures on both swell and great divisions. Other interesting features are that the 4' flutes on both choir and great only go down as far as Tenor C, while the 16ft doubles on swell and great, along with th
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