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A very effective small 3 manual
« on: February 21, 2011, 12:14:03 AM »

Yesterday, the bradford Organists' association meeting took the form of an organ recital by Martin Baker, organist of the host church, St Oswald, Guiseley.  The organ is by Harrison - sse  There was an "open console" session following the recital.

Despite an apparent lack of stops, this is one of those rare organs where drawing virtually any 2 stops makes a musical - and useable - sound.  Also, with a little lateral thinking, it's even more versatile than at first glance.  One example - I played the Bach Chorale Prelude "O Mensch bewien die Sunde Gross) (apologies for my non-existent German!)  The Swell Cornopean, with box closed right down, makes a substitute for an Oboe - and was balanced by Choir flutes 8&4 or the Gt 8ft flute.  Not many organs have such effective swells.  In another Bach CP I used the choir flutes again, plus the swell Octave Gamba to give the effect of quiet upperwork.  As always, the stop list doesn't give the whole story.

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Re: A very effective small 3 manual
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 12:39:36 AM »

I think they were Harrison stock jobs there are identical organs at Wem and Bishops Castle in Shropshire. Yes they are very versatile organs.



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