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Fundraising for an Organ / Christ Church, Welshpool
September 29, 2017, 05:13:27 PM
Good afternoon everyone!

I wanted to point forum members to a very worthy project in Welshpool, in Mid-Wales.  Christ Church in Welshpool was designed by Thomas Penson as a second parish church in the 19th century, in a Romanesque style.  Sadly, the church became redundant, but is now being lovingly restored.  Karl and Natalie Bass have completed their own residence at the back of the nave and under the tower, and are now starting to restore the nave, the organ, and other fittings.  The Gray/Holdich organ was built for St Mary's, Welshpool, in 1813,  and was moved to Christ Church in 1884.  They have started raising money for a full restoration with an organ recital by James Parsons last Sunday, and have already raised £700!  I am sure they would appreciate any contributions.  Natalie has also told me that members of the forum are welcome to book a visit to play the organ.  It is one of two organs by Gray in Montgomeryshire with BIOS certificates; the other is at the Church of St Mary and St Tysilio in nearby Meifod.

Information on the recital at Christ Church:

NPOR entry for Christ Church:

NPOR entry for St Mary and St Tysilio, Meifod: (Note that a replacement for the original Great Mixture with contemporary pipework has been put in by Peter Collins in recent years, according to the organist, Dr Malcolm Clarke.)
Organs in danger / Church of All Saints, Llanelli
September 01, 2017, 01:34:23 PM
Hi all,

I spotted this organ on the IBO website.  It looks very fine!  I hope a new home can be found for it!

Best wishes,

Plans are afoot to restore the 1914 Conacher organ at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, in Builth Wells, Powys.  Watch this space!

The organ:
The parish:
This instrument will need a new home very soon.  The church are planning to put a new toaster in its stead.  Having played it, I can say that it is a nice instrument tonally; I was particularly impressed with the clear, singing tone of the Open Diapason.  It's quite small (I don't have the exact dimensions to hand), and it's mechanically quite simple.  IMHO it deserves a new home, though I would be tempted to change the Dulciana and "Harmonic Flute" (which is nothing of the sort) for an 8' flute and a Principal of similar type.
I have heard of mechanical-action organs where the console is at the side of the case, rather than at the front. For a tracker-action instrument with such a console, what is the layout of the action?
Organs in danger / All Saints, Newtown, Powys
August 13, 2012, 10:36:14 PM
Good evening everyone!

The organ at the above-mentioned church is to be dismantled in the not too distant future, I am hoping to inspect it tomorrow, I have played it before for about 5 minutes, there are roughly 10 stops, nothing above 4 foot. More details to follow soon.

A. P.

P. S. The organ is not on NPOR.