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DaveHarries    0

Not sure if it is just me, but news of the Canterbury organ has disappeared from the Harrison and Harrison website now. Still nothing on the cathedral website either.

Yes I noticed this as well. No idea why, but I wonder.

 

Dave

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The Canterbury Cathedral Friends newsletter Feb2016 has the following statement concerning the organ:-

 

Planning for the rebuild of the organ itself is well advanced and we are concentrating on the other major part of the project, the new console. Its location has been chosen (in the North Quire Aisle) but the positioning of the platform and the appearance of the whole structure are matters under heavy debate. We are working with some very reputable designers and hope to confirm a design by the summer. Once we have everything in place, including the additional funding that this project will need, it will take a full year to complete the work and in that time we will have to rely on alternative sources of music making.

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The new Tickell organ in Manchester cathedral has been visually unveiled. It looks stunning!

 

Pictures on the cathedral's and organ builder's Facebook pages

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ManchesterCathedral/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1077448075650009

https://www.facebook.com/Kenneth-Tickell-Organ-Builders-1423049941244123/?fref=ts which also includes a statement from Pippa Tickell:

 

 

Kenneth Tickell and Company are proud to announce the unveiling of the cases of their organ for Manchester Cathedral.

The instrument is not yet finished as there is still 3 months of tonal finishing to be completed before the instrument can sing its true tune. The removal of the scaffolding and hoardings around it merely allow us to see what we will have to wait to hear.

What you can see comes from the collaboration of many English organ-building talents: the case design by the late Kenneth Tickell and Tomas Jansky, the company's technical designer; the case manufacture by Penny's Mill of Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, the flue pipes by Terry Shires of Leeds, the gilding by Chris Wells of Sheffield, restoration of the Jesus Chapel pipes and soundboards by David Wells (Organbuilders) of LIverpool and pipe shade design by Steven Raw of Manchester. Reed pipes have made by Killinger pipe manufacturers in Germany. The consultant is Paul Hale.

But while the organ could not have been built without all these talented craftspeople, the real heroes of the job are the Tickell team who have weathered the storm of losing their leader in July of 2014 to create the firm's third and largest cathedral organ to date. They have spent months on site and in the workshop designing, crafting and building the whole instrument with its dual mechanical and electric action bringing the whole together in honour of the man who is its originator: Kenneth Tickell. They are: Josh Anderson, Simon Brown, Stuart Coles, Tony Coles Jeff Hubbard, Tom Jansky, Michael Latham (sub contractor) Tristan Moore Tim Pipkin, Gary Stone.

We all look forward to early April when the organ will be "handed over" to the cathedral after Simon Brown has completed his tonal finishing and can await news of its opening.

Pippa Tickell
November 2016.

 

I grew up in Manchester and whilst I was fond of the old organ, the idea of a new organ on the pulpitum has been around since I began playing the organ as as teenager. I can't wait to see and hear it 'in person'.

 

Congratulations to all involved, not least Christopher Stokes without whose vision and patience this would not have come about.

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bam    0

Not sure if it is just me, but news of the Canterbury organ has disappeared from the Harrison and Harrison website now. Still nothing on the cathedral website either.

 

It's on the H&H website today under Projects and Plans -> Forthcoming.

 

There are photos of the restored ex-Manchester console on the Selby website:

 

http://www.selbyabbeyorganappeal.org.uk/restoration.html

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AJJ    0

The proposed Canterbury spec. Is out there in the big wide world via the latest edition of The Organ Club Journal if anyone is interested.

 

A

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AJJ    0

GREAT

16,8,8,8,8,8,4,4,2 2/3,2,2,IV,IV,16,8,4

TRANSEPT GREAT

16,8,4,2 2/3,2,IV,8

SWELL

16,8,8,8,8,4,4,2,III,IV,16,8,8,16,8,4

SOLO

16,8,8,8,8,4,2,16,8,8,Fr. Horn 8, Ophicleide 8, Tubas 8,4

CHOIR

16,8,8,8,4,4,2 2/3,2,2,1 3/5,III,8

PEDAL

Open 32,Stopped 32,16,16,16,16,16 Solo,16 Choir,8,8,8,4,4,IV,32,16,16,8,4

 

A

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Vox Humana    0

GREAT

16,8,8,8,8,8,4,4,2 2/3,2,2,IV,IV,16,8,4

 

 

Are the 8's three opens plus two flutes?

 

How nice to see a French Horn on the Solo. Our local foghorn has one and it's a superb stop - smoothly realistic and very useful. Why is this stop so rare?

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innate    0

 

Are the 8's three opens plus two flutes?

It’s like the 1930s never went away. I’d prefer OD, Gamba, SD, Harmonic Flute, Gemshorn. Or even an undulant.

 

Of the two IV compounds on the Gt is one a Cornet or a high mixture?

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AJJ    0

Are the 8's three opens plus two flutes?

 

2 Opens, Gamba, Open and Stopped Flutes.

 

A

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AJJ    0

 

Of the two IV compounds on the Gt is one a Cornet or a high mixture?

It looks like it it is the same as is currently the case - Mixture IV with tierce, Fourniture IV with just quints.

 

A

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Apparently, one of the "most loved stops" on the Durham Cathedral organ, is the French Horn,was told this by JBL, a few years ago :)

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handsoff    0

The French Horn on the right-hand Echo Organ in Symphony Hall, Birmingham is sublime.

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I'm presuming that the Manchester Cathedral organ is now up and running. Has anyone on the forum heard the instrument and able to offer any opinion? I can't see any recitals planned as yet but hoping there will be some in the near future.

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I understand that the inaugural recital, given by Thomas Trotter, will be on Thursday, September 14. Looking forward to it!

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I understand that the inaugural recital, given by Thomas Trotter, will be on Thursday, September 14. Looking forward to it!

I will have to go, and take a friend who lives in Manchester took her to York and Beverley minster last year..... she enjoyed it :-)

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