Guest drd Posted September 18, 2010 Share Posted September 18, 2010 In the large church in the centre of Chippenham in Wiltshire there stands a 3m+p 46 stop instrument. Its history from the original west gallery instrument by Brice Seede in 1752 can be seen on NPOR here: http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi...ec_index=A00731 The PCC are currently trying to assess the place of music in the worship and also in non-liturgical use of the church (there has been a choral tradition for a considerable time), and to assess how to proceed with the organ which needs significant work. The last major work on it was in 1965, with some tonal alteration in 1987 or so. There are several options currently on the table, ranging in expense from 'do nothing' (not all that cheap an option, given the ongoing maintenance costs!), to the installation of a new west gallery, and the placement thereon of a cut down (returned to historical proportions) version of the current instrument with mechanical action and reduced specification. Along that spectrum might be an action renovation with preservation of the surviving historic pipework and case front, deferring therefore any more drastic scheme to a future, perhaps less impecunious, generation. There is to be an open meeting at 7.30pm on 19th October in the church where all are invited to assist the PCC with informing their decision. Obviously any members of this board who find themselves able and interested in attending would be welcome. In the meantime any thoughts for transmission to the PCC could be sent to me by PM. I will promise to pass them on verbatim, and without personal comment. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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