Guest Posted December 20, 2019 Share Posted December 20, 2019 Recent references on the forum to Wolverhampton have all I think been related to the very sad demise of the Compton organ in the Civic Hall. Although it is many years since I lived in Wolverhampton, I thought forum members might like to end the year on a happier note from the city and from the Collegiate Church of St Peter. On Sunday 22 December 2019, as I understand it, the church’s 3-manual Willis organ will come back into use at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The organ was originally built by Father Willis in 1882 and has been rebuilt several times since. This rebuild has been completed by Michael Farley with Paul Hale as the consultant. There is a new console by Renatus and the decorated pipes of the case have been beautifully restored. The specification of the organ prior to the rebuild can be found on the NPOR at https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=H00214. The specification, as advertised in the church, is now: Great Double Open Diapason 16 Open Diapason I 8 Open Diapason II 8 Claribel Flute 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Principal 4 Stopped Flute 4 Nazard 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Block Flute 2 Tierce 1 3/5 Full Mixture IV Sharp Mixture III Tromba 8 Clarion 4 Tuba 8 (Choir) Tremolo Swell to Great Choir to Great Swell Geigen Diapason 8 Lieblich Gedact 8 Salicional 8 Vox Angelica 8 TC Geigen Principal 4 Flauto Traverso 4 Fifteenth 2 Mixture IV Hautboy 8 Contra Fagotto 16 Trumpet 8 Clarion 4 Octave Unison Off Sub Octave Tremolo Choir Stopped Diapason 8 Viola da Gamba 8 Gemshorn 4 Flauto Amabile 4 Flageolet 2 Larigot 1 1/3 Sesquialtera II Clarinet 8 Tromba 8 (Great) Clarion 4 (Great) Tuba 8 Octave Unison Off Sub Octave Tremolo Swell to Choir Great to Choir Pedal Subbass 32 Open Wood 16 Open Diapason 16 Bourdon 16 Dulciana 16 Principal 8 Bass Flute 8 Choral Bass 4 Mixture IV Contra Posaune 32 Ophicleide 16 Fagotto (Swell) 16 Clarion Swell to Pedal Great to Pedal Choir to Pedal Great & Pedal Combinations Coupled Generals on Swell toe pistons Generals on Pedal toe pistons Both Sidney Campbell MVO and A.H. Mann were organists of St Peter’s Collegiate Church and many other distinguished musicians have contributed to a thriving musical life in the church. The current director of music is Hamish Dustagheer. Ian Tracey is giving the opening recital on 6 June 2020 at 7.30pm. Details are on organrecitals.com and on Professor Tracey’s website. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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