Guest Roffensis Posted August 7, 2006 Share Posted August 7, 2006 Finally, some major work being carried out on one of the worlds finest organs, and not before time. As I gather, Nicholsons have been awarded the contract to releather all the reservoirs, which may well mean that the job will no longer sound like Niagra Falls. One thing does sadden me, and that is that this organ is being done still, in phases. Given the very thorough rebuild of the RAH, and the very inferior tonal quality of that particualr instrument, one would have hoped that similar care would have been allotted to poor SGH (notwithstanding the fact that the RAH organ was in a far worse state requiring a whole new organ apart from the "shell", console and pipework) . But no, this isn't happening so it seems. The facade, which is still crumbling and whose facade pipes are still filthy, should have expert restoration, by the likes of Plowden and Smith, cf. Rochester, and the casework be sensitively restored. Then we have the little matter of the frying of the organ over several years, by overheating and lack of humidity. If the latter has been addressed somewhat, the organ remains a pale shadow of it's former glory, and certainly has not sounded the same since the halls closure in 1984 for three long years. The St.George's Hall organ club folded, and recitals since that time have been sparce, but still well attended. The interest is still there. Make no mistake of the quality of this organ, and of the unique tone it has. How on earth it will come out of this latest work is anyones guess, as it addresses only the winding as far as, but not including, the soundboards. Nor does it address the action, or the pipework, or the years of neglect and overheating. One hopes, but with a certain pessimism. Still, hats off that the reservoirs are being done, and one hopes for still more...... R Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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