Clavecin Posted November 30, 2009 Share Posted November 30, 2009 Visited Lancaster on Saturday, and picked up a glossy leaflet/fund raiser in the Priory about plans for the replacement of the notorious Makin electronic. For those of you who don't know Lancaster the 1922 H & H was discarded in 1979 to makeway for 'reordering work' and a large 4 manual Makin inserted in the space of the original console, the case being filled with speakers. The present proposal is that David Wells will place a large pipe organ on the substantial west gallery, and a smaller pipe organ in the existing Austin case in the north choir aisle. Both instruments will be controlled from one console placed on the northeast side of the choirstalls. The nave organ will be the redundant 1913 Willis 11 from St. John's Blackpool with the unfortunate tonal alterations of the 60's largely reversed. This will be housed in a redundant case by Austin & Paley (noted Lancastrian architectural practice who build many outstanding large churches in the northwest including St. George's Stockport) from St. John's Great Harwood. The choir organ will be the redundant 1904 H & H from Blackburn Girls High School. Very similar indeed to what Harrisons originally installed in 1922 when a large proportion of the scheme was 'prepared for' only and remained that way until the 60's (what a difference to the changes they implemented at Blackpool!). I got the impression that David Wells has both these instruments in his possession at present Here are the proposed specs. NAVE ORGAN Great: Double Diapason 16 Open Diapason No. 1 Open Diapason No. 2 Claribel Flute 8 Principal 4 Fifteenth 2 Mixture 111 Tromba 8 Swell: Geigen Diapason 8 Lieblich Gedackt 8 Aeoline 8 Voix Celeste 8 Principal 4 Fifteenth 2 Mixture 111 Contra Fagotto 16 Cornopean 8 Hautboy 8 Choir: (originally enclosed) Stopped Flute 8 Viola da Gamba 8 Viola Celeste 8 Flute 4 Nazard 2 2/3 Piccolo 2 Clarinet 8 Duchy of Lancaster Grand Trumpet 8 (that's the mother-of-all drawstops) Pedal: Acoustic Bass 32 Open Diapason 16 Open Metal 16 (Gt) Bourdon 16 Octave 8 Flute 8 Flute 4 Ophicleide 16 Tromba 8 (Gt) CHOIR ORGAN Great: Contra Gamba 16 Open Diapason 8 Hohlflote 8 Dulciana 8 Principal 4 Harmonic Flute 4 Fifteenth 2 Swell: Violin Diapason 8 Lieblich Gedacht 8 Salicional 8 Voix Celeste 8 Gemshorn 4 Flageolet 2 Mixture 111 Trumpet 8 Pedal: Bourdon 16 Bass Flute 8 Estimated cost will be £443K of which only £85K needs to be raised. The gentleman I spoke with at the Priory thought this would happen within the next 12 months. Considering that the Priory owns neither of these pedigree instruments, and that structural work on the gallery, choirstalls and organ chamber will be necessary, this sum looks like remarkable value to me. It looks an exciting prospect to me, the nave is relatively short so the distance from the choirstalls console should not pose problems. My only reservation is that I would prefer to see the nave organ dually playable from an attached console in the gallery although this would of course add to the cost (don't know if the original is still in existence). DT Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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