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Andrew Butler

Tewkesbury Abbey - Grove Organ

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Apologies if this has been discussed recently, but if so I missed it...

 

Mention has been made in a private discussiob on Facebook, that the Grove organ is in "poor condition and looks unused" Can anyone comment please? There is no indication that I can see on the Abbey website that the organ is not in use...

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I don't know if Carleton Etherington is on this Forum to give a more fullsome update, but I did have a quick play on the Grove during the Summer. Although the instrument still sounds astonishing, it doesn't take long to discover quite a few notes off and wind escapes. Wonderful and unique to play and hear, but I wouldn't want to try and give a recital on it at the moment...

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Bishop & Son restored it in 1980/81, the only alteration being the addition of the bottom 5 32' pipes from Chirst Church, Oxford. After 35 years, it's quite likely that the action (if I remember rightly, it's a mixture of tubular, Barker and tracker) would need further overhaul.

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