David Drinkell Posted February 24, 2011 Share Posted February 24, 2011 The four manual Binns organ at St. Mary's, Shrewsbury was mentioned elsewhere. I think it's an instrument that deserves to be better known. What other instruments would we consider are unsung heros? I'd kick off with the 1901 Norman & Beard in Colchester Town Hall (my home town). It's a very imposing building in the baroque style by John Belcher and the organ is at one end of the Moot Hall in a good case designed by the architect. It is relatively small - three manuals and 29 speaking stops (two pedal reeds prepared) - but it sounds much bigger. Consider this for a 1901 Great Organ: Double Open Diapason, Grand Open Diapason, Claribel Harmonic Flute, Octave, Hohl Flute, Fifteenth Mixture (22.214.171.124), Posaune, Clarion There are Sub Octave Reeds couplers on Great and Swell (plus Swell Octave and Choir Sub) No duplication, no fancy stuff, just a big, straightforward chorus. Interestingly, it was ordered during the short period that T.C. Lewis was working for N&B. This may explain the big,bold choruses. Apart from positivising of the Choir Organ and replacing of the Swell Harmonic Gemshorn 2' with a Fifteenth in the seventies, it is virtually unaltered and still has its original pneumatic action. Unfortunately, it has deteriorated in recent years to a state where a complete restoration is essential. There is a 'Friends of the Moot Hall Organ' group which is actively pursuing Lottery Funding and other funds, and I was invited by its instigator go along last time I was home. I was lucky - nearly everything was working. I hadn't heard it for over thirty years and I was blown away by how fine it was. Dr. William McVicker is consultant for the restoration, so things are in safe hands. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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