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St Peter's Church, St Alban's


Anthony Poole
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I've not looked at the news section on the website for a long time and I had no idea about the new organ in St Alban's. At last a significant new instrument in Britain for you, rather than having to export. Let's hope this is a turning point in the choice of organ builders for new organ requirements in Britain. How would you describe the style of this instrument, given that it obviously has a liturgical role to play first and foremost, in addition to being a competition/recital instrument? The disposition looks interesting from the drawing. Where does the Great sit in relation to the Swell and the Choir and Pedals for that matter?

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Guest Geoff McMahon

It is to be a liturgical instrument first and foremost. We hope that it will take part in the International Organ Festival at St. Albans in future years. The site dictated that th organ is horizontally disposed which is of course less than ideal for a layout. The Great is in the front so that the organ has good leading qualities. Behind that is the Choir with the Swell at the very rear, but provided with shutters on the side as well as the front, the side shutters can be switched on or off, depending what the organ is being used for.

 

Installation starts later on this year.

 

John Pike Mander

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