pcnd5584 Posted March 23, 2006 Share Posted March 23, 2006 Along the lines of Paul Derrett's interesting proposition of a few weeks ago, I had a similar thing happen to me about three Sundays hence. However, in this case, I have not yet actually been asked to carry-out the work myself! I was playing for a special Choral Evensong at another church (having been allowed the evening off from my own). Between the rehearsal and the service, I was talking to one of the churchwardens who informed me that the organ was due for a rebuild. The present organist (well, there is actually a rota) does not like it, some of the congregation are attracted to the idea of a toaster and others want to effect a radical rebuild. Personally, having played it for services and concerts several times before, I rather like it. The present stop-list is as follows:- PEDAL ORGAN Open Diapason (M; Haskelled bass) 16 Bourdon 16 Principal (Ext.) 8 Flute (Ext.) 8 Fifteenth (Ext.) 4 Great to Pedal Swell to Pedal GREAT ORGAN Open Diapason 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Principal 4 Nazard 2 2/3 Fifteenth 2 Tierce 1 3/5 Mixture (19-22-26) III Clarionet 8 Swell to Great SWELL ORGAN Spare slide  (?) Gamba 8 Lieblich Gedackt 8 Principal 4 Harmonic Flute 4* Fifteenth 2 Larigot 1 1/3 Mixture (22-26-29 ?) Contra Oboe 16 Cornopean 8 Tremulant * This sounds suspiciously as if it has been changed for a Stopped Flute. The former stop-list included an extra rank on the Swell Organ - a Bourdon 16. This does not currently appear. I have not yet had a look inside the instrument, so I am unable to confirm whether or not there is a spare slide. It was last rebuilt in about 1970, by Nicholsons, who acted partly upon advice received from Roger Yates. I think that there have been one or two minor alterations since then. The action is tracker to the claviers and couplers; the Pedal is either direct electric or pneumatic (or possibly electro-pneumatic). The clavier action is now very noisy and uneven - but not uncomfortably heavy. The organ is situated at the east end of the North Aisle, in a case with a three-sided front; the (old) console is attached to the front of the instrument and is raised about eighteen inches from floor level. The case has little artistic merit. Before anyone gets all excited about the presence of three mutations, I would mention that the primary use of the instrument is to accompany services. There are few concerts here and I do not think that ther has been an organ recital in the church in the last ten years. As such, I did not find the mutations particularly useful. Personally, I would prefer a greater choice of 8p and 4p stops. In particular, I would re-instate the undulant in the Swell, sacrificing the Larigot (1970, or later) without a moment's hesitation. The tone is bright - which is why I feel fairly safe suggesting the intervals for the Swell Mixture (I forgot to check it when I was playing). However, full organ is not really adequate for the building and I doubt that it would cope with a full church. There is a little extra room which could be found - the organ case could fill-in the 'missing' corner, as it were, and fill the west-facing arch. I do not know of the financial situation of the church, but one could safely assume that an appeal would be necessary. I would be interested to know what contributors would do to this instrument. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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