handsoff Posted February 12, 2018 Share Posted February 12, 2018 Some members will be familiar with the instruments built by the Hewins company quite a number of which are extant, particularly in Warwickshire although examples can be found around the country. I have played several Hewins' organs over the years and found them to be well built and musical. Some of the original instruments did have a lot of 8' tone and have sometimes had later additions to bring some brightness and to counter the imposition of upholsered chairs and carpets in the churches in which they were installed. This is a typical small organ from the company and is unaltered except for the 2' stop on the Great Organ which was added when the church was enlarged and carpeted. I was in the choir at this church when a young boy and remember that the electric blower failed now and again. There was sometimes an unholy rush from the choir stalls to the vestry in order to used the pumping handle as it meant an extra shilling in the quarterly choir pay for the winner! It was also the first organ I played for a service on a Good Friday when the regular organist was unavailable; I think I was 11 at the time. Richard Mallison, the great great grandson of Thomas Hewins the founder of the company has produced and published a most interesting booklet about the history of both the company and his family and if anyone would like a copy at cost price, £2.00, please contact me by pm to arrange for copies to be provided. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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