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Is, or was, there a booklet/book out there on a detailed history of the Royal Albert Hall organ?

Pipe organ gravestones and plaques / Bryceson Bros.' magnum opus
« on: July 26, 2014, 03:46:10 AM »
This forum seems to most nearly be appropriate for the following:

Nathaniel J. Holmes, of Primrose Hill, London, had the Brycesons build a 4-manual, 65-stop for his home in the 1870s.  Enlarged in 1936, it was re-located to St. Peter's RC, Buckie, Scotland.
NPOR says that St. Peter's shut and was converted into flats, but says nothing about the organ.

Does anybody have any idea what happened to it?

Organs in danger / St. Sepulchre without Newgate, London
« on: October 24, 2013, 01:36:24 AM »
Though this may not fit this sub-forum, I figure this is the closest thing. There is an appeal for this organ's restoration though.

The 1891 Walker, re-built by Harrison & Harrison, is a curious one considering that it had been reduced in size by a factor of around 3.5. (was III/46, now II/13). Also, included in its much reduced size is a 32' Open Wood.  This is believed to be the smallest organ with a 32' Open Wood.

According to the NPOR, one entry shows that the 32' OW was installed by Walker, but in another, said stop originated from the III/46 Gray & Davison from 1855. (I think it was the latter)  The one thing that has me wondering is the fact that this big stop seems to have been intentionally carried over into this small organ. Why?

Is there a history of this organ that one could read?  Was visiting St. Sep's a few months ago and didn't even think to even look for any literature of the church itself much less the organ.

Could someone help?

Organs Preserved / early Fr. Willis organs...
« on: March 04, 2013, 03:32:50 AM »
I may not be in the correct sub-forum, but here goes.

My trip to the UK is now less than 4 weeks away, and I'm wondering what of the earliest of Fr. Willis' might still exist in original form?  I know the one, from 1865, at St. George's, Preston, is one, but are there any even earlier than that left?

Organ Builders / brass wedges
« on: August 01, 2012, 05:17:38 PM »
Most organ builders use, or have used, wooden wedges in reed pipe assembly.  A few (Austin, Hope-Jones, and Hook & Hastings) have used brass ones.

Are there any other makes that have brass wedges?  I'm interested particularly in British and American builders.

At St. Mary the Virgin C of E, in Ambleside, there's a late-1890s Hope-Jones that, I believe, was recently restored. 

The Choir was added by HN&B later on, but I'm betting that this division was designed on H-J principles (HN&B had purchased H-J Organ Co. after Hope-Jones, himself, fled England).  I got my info from the NPOR.

Ambleside is very close to the northern tip of Lake Windermere.


For those who don't know, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is raising funds to continue restoring the famous 5-manual Willis III.  Ian Tracey, organist titulaire, also has an adopt-a-pipe program connected with this.  I've already made a couple contributions myself.

Here's a link to the printable application (2 pages)....

If you have trouble getting in, try going through google.

Page one is a brief description of this appeal and includes minimum amounts of a donation according to what sort of stop you want to adopt from.
Page two is the application itself.  At the bottom is the address to where to send funding (to play it safe, I added 20 St. James' Rd. to the address to be sure my $$ gets to the right place).

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