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Ah, quite right too. When I said liturgical accompaniment, I meant precisely what you say, leading a large congregation. The brassy trumpets don't so much give a clear, incisive lead as take an angle-grinder to the West end wall... they're HORRIBLE. Looking on the NPOR, it's also apparent how much else has been spoiled about the Abbey organ - Large Open Diapason removed (ALWAYS a BAD THING), Choir organ mucked about, split in two with a sort of Positiv department that stands out like a sore thumb, Trombas revoiced and renamed but the Harmonics retained... this organ needs an historic restoration back to its original 1937 ethos. Build a new console for it, too, with six manuals and enough stop-jamb space to reconnect the Celestial (which is only 17 stops, including a split 16ft, a spare slide and two percussions) - or make it a floating department on the existing console, there should be stop-jamb space when all the neoclassical fripperies have been thrown in the Thames (preferably with Conservative Party front bench ministers and News International executives tied to or shoved inside the pipes)...
Ina recent post under this heading, I mentioned the Magnum Opus of Brindley & Foster, which is the organ in the Town Hall at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa........Naturally, as with all later B & F instruments, the action was pneumatic throughout until 1974, when the organ was slightly enlarged by the firm of Cooper, Gill & Tomkins (Pty) and electrified, using a stop-key console provided by J W Walker & Sons (Ruislip).MM