OmegaConsort Posted September 29, 2008 Share Posted September 29, 2008 I am sure this organ has appeared before in other posts, but I thought I would tell you a short story..... I found myself in Shrewsbury last weekend, and popped into St Mary's (the church was made redundant in the '80s but is still open, and well preserved as a "living" church). I approached a charming lady guide and mentioned that I played the organ, and without hesitation, she told me to go and play! I then spent half an hour on a wonderful old 4-manual Binns - pretty much in original condition. Here is the NPOR spec for those who don't know it: http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch...ec_index=N04612 I can't find a website for the church, but this (http://www.stchadschurchshrewsbury.com/stmarys.html) gives some information. What a wonderful organ and a truly supurb building. The flutes and amazing choice of reeds (loud and soft) left me in raptures! I just wish I had brought my shoes(!) and some music with me. The instrument is in pretty good condition considering it's history (Pedal bottom D doesn't work) and I got the impression it was used regularly but not often. If you find yourself in the area, I do urge you to visit St Mary's and if the charming lady guide is on duty, ask if you can have a go, but do treat the old dear gently (the organ that is!) - you will not be disappointed (assuming you don't go looking for mutations). As I came down the spiral stairs from the console, I noticed a list of organists from the church - our very own "Cynic" was the last organist when the church was made redundant! Lastly, try to find a moment to take a look at the East End Window - that too is worth a visit Best wishes Richard Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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