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Another Caroe case is at Elveden Church, Suffolk, where he added a new, larger nave adjacent to the medieval one, plus a cloister leading to a much larger tower, all paid for by the Guinness family and in a style which Pevsner described as "Art Nouveau Gothic".  The picture in NPOR shows the case to be a typical Caroe design (more so than Southwell) with its deep pipe shades and further embellishment around the toe-boards. 

http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D01854

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Further pictures of the extravaganza which is Elveden, including a couple of sideways views of the organ, are found on Simon Knott's Suffolk Churches site.

http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/elveden.htm

 

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Elveden:

It is a shame that this sumptuous church (parish spelled 'Elvedon' on the Diocesan website !), a veritable mini-minster, does not appear to have a more comprehensive instrument to match its architecture and accoutrements. It is also, and most sadly, usually closed and with no keyholder available. 

There is mention of a 1976 rebuild on the NPOR webpage, with no further details. Were this to mean that there is now a 2' (at least) would be excellent news. I'm sure the original sounded good (how could it not, given the builders ?), but . . .  

My Googling has produced nothing else, apart from a few more (good, face-on, colour) photos.

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Thinking again about English cathedrals, I'm very fond of Portsmouth.  The first time I was there was in the seventies to ring the bells (bell-ringing is one of the best ways to discover churches, organs and good pubs). The old town looked rather scruffy - it hadn't recovered from World War II - and the cathedral was still incomplete.  The Jordan "grinning monkey" organ case looked somewhat the worse for wear (as well it might).  Much later, in the nineties, I took my Belfast choristers to sing there for a week - what a difference!  The town had revived itself and the cathedral had been completed. The 1861 organ which Nicholson had built for Manchester Cathedral had arrived (via Holy Trinity, Bolton) and been restored and installed by the present Nicholson firm, and the old case had been splendidly renovated. The whole place looked beautiful and the clergy and vergers were exceptionally friendly and helpful (as was David Price, the organist). Portsmouth Cathedral is a peculiar building (I don't use that term disparagingly).  The east end consists of the gothic chancel of the medieval church, plus the classical nave (now the quire) and tower added in the seventeenth century to replace the one destroyed during the Commonwealth.  When the church became a cathedral, Sir Charles Nicholson was commissioned to enlarge it. He made a substantial gallery under the tower and commenced the building of a new nave, which was halted at the outbreak of war in 1939.  The nave was finally completed in 1991.  Because of the substantial tower, which was at the west end of the seventeenth century building, the nave is pretty much a separate space, so a West Great organ with case by Didier Grassin was built by Nicholsons' back-to-back with the existing instrument and inaugurated in 2001. Last year, a Trompete de Maris was added in the nave - a particularly happy example of a party horn, I think.  The West Great has doors which are closed during Advent and Lent. The main organ is the third to have been installed in the old case.  The first, after many rebuilds, was destroyed in the Blitz at Compton's works in London, whence it had been taken for rebuilding (the case, fortunately, stayed in the cathedral and survived). The second came from St. Michael's Church, which had been damaged in the war, and was installed by Walker, with a later rebuild by Eustace & Alldridge in 1974.  This was replaced by the Nicholson organ in 1994.

http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D02774

The Jordan case, facing in the Quire:

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The West Great case, facing the nave:

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And another of my favourites - St. Edmundsbury.  It's mind-boggling to remember that the two great churches (St. James - now the Cathedral - and St. Mary's, a third, St. Margaret's is long gone), which stand within a stone's throw of each other, were dwarfed by the enormous abbey church which stood behind them, the ruins of which can be seen to this day.

St. James was beautifully enlarged in the sixties by Stephen Dykes Bower, and the wonderful central tower completed in 2005, the impetus being a substantial legacy from Dykes Bower - it looks as if it has been there for centuries.

The organ was rebuilt in Dykes Bower's new Quire by Nicholson in 1970 (I was at the opening recital, by Francis Jackson) and was a fine job, but relied rather heavily on recycled soundboards, etc.  Harrison & Harrison built a new instrument in 2010, and it finally has a pair of proper cases designed by Alan Rome, very much in the Dykes Bower style.

http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=E01697

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Beverley is a bit 'out of the way' - thank goodness! Being 'out of the way' the building has survived 'modernising influences' of the Victorians and of others! I played my first 'cello continuo in there somewhere about 1965/6 when Peter Fletcher was Minster Organist. I think, on that occasion, Andrew Leach, now at Hessle Parish Church, was playing the organ. Over the years I played 'cello continuo dozens of times in there - sometimes in the freezing cold of an East Riding December winter!!!

Peter Fletcher took me up to the organ console around the same time. It was a magnificent sight looking down into the choir and, despite being, so I was told, a considerable 'cellist, I knew then that I wanted to play the organ!!!! I've always thought the Arthur Hill organ case, viewed from the West End of the Minster was absolutely perfect and totally matching of the Snetzler case which stands beside it.

One of my absolute favourite buildings! Pictures can be seen here! http://npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=D06725 

I'm sure someone more competent than I will load a picture - it doesn't seem to want me to load!

 

 

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And , talking of favourite buildings!!

Christ Church Spitalfields is, I think, my favourite London church. In my days in London it lay almost derelict, saved, I think, by the sale of St. John's Smith Square which covered the funding of the roof replacement which, ultimately, saved the building. I've never been to church there, my preference is for 'slightly further up the candle' - St. Augustine's Kilburn or, for good local 'High Church' St Peter's London Docks! But I went into Christ Church to see the completed restoration and it is stunning, absolutely stunning!

Bridge's organ has been magnificently restored to it's 1735 specification, by William Drake Ltd. in 2015. The case is 'out of this world'! 

More pictures and sound files here: http://npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=H00969

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Gosh! This has been a most enjoyable thread so far - full marks to Ooth would might well be our youngest forumite, for initiating it. I have rarely come across organ cases on a scale of beauty of even the least attractive of those that members have drawn to our attention - I guess that St Mary's, Launceston, is the only one I can think of that comes anywhere close:

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to be continued...

 

 

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Other than that, the old (1962) Nicholson/Yates case on the organ at St Michael's, Newquay that was destroyed by fire, was appealing, but if we're going to mention King's, Cambridge, I must bring in St Paul's Cathedral... and indeed, Westminster Abbey.

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6 hours ago, Martin Cooke said:

Other than that, the old (1962) Nicholson/Yates case on the organ at St Michael's, Newquay that was destroyed by fire, was appealing, but if we're going to mention King's, Cambridge, I must bring in St Paul's Cathedral... and indeed, Westminster Abbey.

Sorry! I just thought that, seeing as other Cambridge college chapels and a couple of Cathedrals, had got a mention, I'd put a 'plug' in for my old alma mater!

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Hate to say never been to Dunedin although I lived in Christchurch for a few years in the South Island of New Zealand. New Zealand known for its hidden treasures (gems of the golden age of British organ-building!)

Norma is the nickname for this Hill, Norman & Beard giant in Dunedin Town Hall! 4 manuals and a grand design! Constantly looked after by the South Island pipe organ company, founded by workers of the Norman & Beard firm in the 1970s.

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On ‎11‎/‎07‎/‎2018 at 14:40, S_L said:

Sorry! I just thought that, seeing as other Cambridge college chapels and a couple of Cathedrals, had got a mention, I'd put a 'plug' in for my old alma mater!

Quite right too!  I have to confess that, as far as Cambridge is concerned, my alma mater is Homerton, where I did my teaching year (my degree is from Bristol).  In the hall, there was (in 1979) a Hammond, dated 1937.  It still worked, although it was prone, when it got excited, to emit smoke.  I suppose a lot of us were like that in those days.  I wonder if it's still there.  In a way, I was glad to make its acquaintance, as I was of a similar model in a Belfast suburb where I filled in for Evensong for about six months (Cathedral Evensong was at 3.30).  At least I got to know how to operate the things - as forumites will know, even just switching them on can be far from straightforward.  Real old Hammonds are much sought-after by rock musicians - nothing else makes quite the same sound.

Returning to the real things, here are the two other "grinning monkey" cases, apart from Portsmouth Cathedral.  All Hallows, Twickenham (by Renatus Harris, ex-All Hallows, Lombard Street, City of London, brought here when that church was demolished and installed by Kingsgate Davidson to a clever scheme by Cecil Clutton:

http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N12615

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And St. Clement's, Eastcheap, City, by Renatus Harris.  it looks a bit incongruous in its present position perched above the porch, but a fine case all the same.  The organ, rebuilt the last two times by Hill, Norman & Beard,  I always thought to be a good one. 

http://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=A00714

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