Just a little report about the open day at Henry Willis
We had a very interesting couple of hours last Saturday visiting the organ works of Henry Willis. It was a bit like a child entering the largest sweet shop in the world, well for myself maybe not my wife!
Having never been to a proper organ builder's before, it was great to see the tools they use to create these wonderful instruments. What made the journey to Liverpool even more poignant to me was that we passed the church, St Cyprian’s that the majority of my house organ pipe work came from. The church, which is in Edge Hill, is looking very run down now with many tiles missing from the roof (pictures can be seen on my website, www.thecavendishorgan.com
), but my sadness was soon removed by the magic happening at Henry Willis, the work they do is truly timeless and long may it continue.
It is great to see that the great craft of British organ building is alive and well and growing stronger; the 32ft pedal reeds that they have just made for the New Zealand organ they are currently building were true amazing, the Willis website contains some good pictures showing the progress of this organ, http://www.willis-organs.com/