handsoff Posted June 9, 2008 Share Posted June 9, 2008 I have been itching to have a play for a while now so with the help of a friend who until recently played at St. James Church, Alveston, just outside Stratford-upon-Avon, I contacted the Vicar who kindly agreed to let me have a go. It's about 35 years since last I played so it was going to be interesting to say the least. I went armed with my ancient book of Bach's 8 Short Preludes and Fugues and the thinnest-soled shoes I could find. I had played the organ there many years ago as my teacher, the late and much missed Alan Emmerson was organist there for many years. The instrument, originally a Nicholson was rebuilt and extended in 2001 by Organ Tuning Services of Stratford-upon-Avon. I'll append the specification at the end of this tale. I arrived to be welcomed by a gentleman I took to be a churchwarden who opened up for me and apologised for the fact that I would have to compete with carpet fitters in the south side chapel, but started off by playing a few chords and arpeggios just to hear what the various stops and combinations sounded like. It really is a lovely organ and I had a thoroughly enjoyable hour playing a couple of my old favourites. I'm not sure the carpet fitters enjoyed it quite so much but they were friendly enough! I was surprised just how much came back after so many years - obviously my fingers and toes fell down the cracks a few times and I'll need a huge amount of practice but it was a start. Swell Open Diapason 8 Lieblich Gedeckt 8 Salicional 8 Vox Angelica (TC) 8 Gemshorn 4 Mixture II Oboe 8 Trumpet 8 Tremulant Swell Octave Swell Sub-Octave Great Open Diapason 8 Principal 4 Fifteenth 2 Mixture III Claribella 8 Harmonic Flute 4 Trompette 8 Swell to Great Swell Octave to Great Swell Sub Octave to Great Pedal Bourdon 16 Octave 8 Flute 4 Open Diapason 16 Quint 10 2/3 Bass Flute 8 Fagotto 16 Great to Pedal Swell to Pedal Swell Octave to Pedal 4 adjustable combination pistons to each manual, duplicated by toe buttons. Balanced swell pedal Electro-pneumatic action Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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