pcnd5584 Posted January 27, 2011 Share Posted January 27, 2011 Does anyone here know any more about the proposed new organ for this cathedral, please? The details on the website are somewhat sparse - little mention is made of any plans regarding the existing pipework. The artist's impression of the (possible) new case looks quite hansome and impressive, although it is a little difficult to form a definitive opinion from the scale of the drawing supplied. In addition, does anyone know what modifications Allan Wicks was able to secure from Norman Cocker's original specification for the re-installation and rebuilding (following major war damage) in 1952-57? I recall reading such phrases as "...even then, there was much with which he had little sympathy." I also recall reading in an old back-issue of The Organ that Norman Cocker stated [something to the effect of] "...there is a desperate need for some percussion devices - not as toys - but as genuine accessories for certain aspects of the repertoire." I think that I am right in saying that Norman Cocker had been a cinema organist; nevertheless, I am strugging to think of a single occasion (or piece of organ music appropriate to cathedral worship in the third quarter of the twentieh century) when such devices as xylophones, chimes, a celesta or even a bass drum would have been sorely missed. If anyone has any further information on either of these points, I would be grateful to hear from you. Incidentally, how many here are familiar with the H&H scheme of 1918 - or even that of 1934-40? Both are, to my mind, very interesting and worthy of further study* - particularly the later stoplist, with its well-thought-out accessories and divisional transfers (there was a Chancel G.O. and a Screen G.O.; in addition, the single clavier Father Smith organ was made playable from the G.O. of the main console}. If anyone would like to see these stoplists, and does not have access to a copy, I would be happy to post them. There is, in addition, a fine monochrome photograph of the beautiful 1934 console (which emerged unscathed from the bombing raids which wrecked the Smith organ, together with the Swell, Solo and much of the Pedal of the main instrument). * Neither scheme is a typical H&H stoplist. For example, whilst there are Tromba ranks at three pitches on the G.O., their wind pressure was a mere 175mm. (By comparison, these ranks were often voiced on a pressure of 300mm. King's, Cambridge has G.O. Trombe speaking on 450mm - although at least these are enclosed in the Solo expression box.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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