Guest Roffensis Posted February 21, 2006 Share Posted February 21, 2006 Recently I rerturned to Rawtenstall to visit my old Vicar, and of course went to see the organ gain. I last played this organ some 15 years ago, when it was still in good order and sounded magnificent. The organ was built by "Hill and Son", as per the plaque, but I think is unique in being a copy of a Cavaille Coll, complete with ventils and terraced console, although the names are largely in English. The Great is on the bottom keys etc, and it appears to me that a fourth manual may have been prepared for. There are some very interesting stops, such as "Musette", not to mention a pedal Bombarde which found it's way to another location, and is now stored in someone's cellar now, so I gather. The organ is incredibly French toned, nothing like a Hill, and has a boneted swell box, a massive and very fine Hill case not unlike Chichester, with duck egg blue pipes, with French mouths of course! The church now has no Organist, nor is the organ maintained I believe, and the organ sits in the east end of the north gallery, console at ground level, just waiting for a day that may never come, to see it restored. Even if it were restored, one poses the question what its use could be in a Evangelical church that manages perfectly well without it?. When I played it last weekend it had deteriorated badly, there were ciphers aplenty, and probably much could be done in simple tuning visits adjusting trackers and the barker lever etc. To me I find it a travesty that this organ is being just left, when it could be a superb recital instrument, and could go somewhere where it would be used and valued. What is the point of leaving such a unique gem to its fate? The church cannot afford the cost to restore it, and really they have inherited what has become a white Elephant, but here is an organ that should be used, and should be restored as it is. I know of nothing else like it at all anywhere else in this country. It's on the NPOR, with two pretty bad photos of it, I took some of it but the battery was flat and they did not come out, oh well!! I wish that somweone out there could find a fitting home for it, it's one organ that really should not be allowed to bite the dust, it would make a superb west end job for a cathedral, it seems so very sad. I just wanted to draw readers attentions to this sleeping beauty. R Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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