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Organ concerts / Holy Cross, Daventry
June 07, 2023, 01:48:14 AM
Malcolm Pentelow is giving a recital on Sunday 25th June 2023 at 7.30pm.

The programme has Norwegian and Bells threads with works by Hovland, Buxtehude, Bach, Brautigam, Eftestol, Delius and Murill.

Holy Cross, Daventry has a fine Henry Willis organ built in 1860 and restored to original condition in 1988 by Kenneth Tickell and Company. The organ is now in the care of Henry Willis & Sons.

Please come to hear and appreciate this wonderful instrument.

David Muggleton. (Organist, Holy Cross, Daventry.)
Reed organs and harmoniums / Re: Christmas Greetings
December 26, 2020, 01:44:31 AM
Thank you and the same to you.

It's strange not having to turn out for Midnight Mass however a different (distanced?) Christmas will be an interesting new experience.

Maybe I'll find out what Christmas is like if you're not a church organist!

Seasons wishes to all and stay safe.
It looked and sounded electronic to me. Played rather too loudly I thought.

I was contacted by my Rector who said that guidelines now allow us to go in to church to check on the condition of our organs.
I have to enter by the side door, lock myself in, wash my hands and log my arrival and leaving times in the book provided.
I have no problem with giving the organ some generous excercise to check on it's well-being!
Probably two or three times a week would be a good regime at the moment!
Miscellaneous & Suggestions / Re: Happy Easter
April 22, 2019, 02:44:53 AM
Thank you and a very happy Easter to you.
Organ History / Re: 3 manual organs with 2 manual console
November 23, 2016, 04:59:07 PM
There is an 1880s CASSON with three divisions on two manuals in All Saints', Thorpe Malsor.
It has a lavishly painted case with two free standing pedal towers.
I was organist there in the early 1970s just before leaving school. The organ was in a very poor state even then but has been restored by Wood of Huddersfield in 2010. It is in their portfolio at
A well illustrated article on the organ by Paul Hale was published in the Organists' Review in 2011 and can be found here:-
Do look up this spectacular instrument.
I found this site a few months ago and I have enjoyed many hours reading the wealth of information and opinions presented.
I have been a church organist for about 50 years, most recently a 19 year appointment at our local parish church presiding at a beautiful 1860 Father Willis. I retired due to pressure of work and the fact that the new Rector is only interested in modern worship songs and his precious band.
Having recently retired from teaching I have extended my garage and divided it to provide a purpose-built 'man cave'. One half is a garage for my motorcycles, the other for my organs. I have a 1956 Jennings Model A - Serial number A2 (a real toaster - 50+valves) and a 1982 Wyvern 'Canterbury'.
I acquired the Jennings in 1971 and it has seen almost daily use since. All the decoupling capacitors and electrolytics have been replaced but apart from a few key contacts nothing has ever caused problems.
The Wyvern was found on ebay in 2006 and I am still enjoying getting to know it internally as well as externally.
Many thanks to all concerned for such an interesting and wide ranging site.
David Muggleton.