Organ Restoration Works

Phased works are being undertaken by:

The Duplex Pipe Organ and Blower Company and their Director James Richardson-Jones.

An application has been granted permission by the Diocese for the next stage of works which includes:

Repairs to the South (choir facing) case.

  • Repairs to the South Case
  • Overhaul of Choir Diapason Bass Chest and Pipes
  • Great slider action: Drawstop electrification on Treble side (bass side already completed in previous works), and conversion and overhaul of Great slider action to electric from pneumatic

You can see details for the faculty permission application here:

Planned Organ Works

Organ – South Case from Lady Chapel

Works to the Solo Division – 2015

The solo division pipework was removed and overhauled in 2015 leading to dramatic improvement in the quality and evenness of tone from the ranks of pipes, some of which had ceased to operate because of failure of the pneumatic stop action.

The stops of the Solo Division are:

  • Tuba 8ft (unenclosed)
  • Viol d’Orchestre 8ft
  • Orchestral Oboe 8ft
  • Rohr Gedeckt 8ft
  • Harmonic Flute 4ft

Pipes enclosed apart from Tuba. Controlled from balanced swell pedal.

Works to the Choir Division 2016

In July 2016, the pipes of the Choir Division were returned to the organ after restoration of the upperboards and rack boards.  All of the pipe work has been cleaned, regulated and repairs made where needed.

You can see below some photographs of the completed work.

The stops of the Choir Division are:

  • Open Diapason 8ft
  • Dulciana 8ft
  • Gedeckt 8ft
  • Genshorn 4ft
  • Suabe Flute 4ft
  • Flautina 2ft

Enclosed pipes with kick swell pedal:

  • Clarinet 8ft
  • Vox Humana 8ft
Choir Division Stops

Winding Works 2017

In November 2017, the Duplex Pipe Organ and Blower Company, under the direction of James Richardson-Jones, undertook the re-bulding of a major wind reservoir.  The new tops to the wind reservoir were manufactured offsite in the Duplex workshop and then transported to the church for fitting.  The base of the original large wind reservoir was retained, and the new tops added with mechanisms to provide two more easily maintained reservoirs than the original large one.

Swell Division Works – 2017

In 2017, the reed pipes of the swell division were overhauled. All of the pipe work was cleaned, regulated and repairs made where needed.

The result is wonderfully tiered and smooth reed sound from the swell stops.

The stops of the Swell Division are:

  • Bourdon 16ft
  • Open Diapason 8ft
  • Salicional 8ft
  • Voix Céleste 8ft
  • Stopped Diapason 8ft
  • Rohr Flute 4ft
  • Principal 4ft
  • Twelfth 22/3
  • Fifteenth 2ft
  • Mixture 2ranks
  • Double Trumpet 16ft
  • Cornopean 8ft
  • Oboe 8ft
  • Clarion 4ft
  • Tremulant