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New Pipe Organs / Manchester Cathedral - Kenneth Tickell
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:06:32 PM »
Kenneth Tickell
Manchester Cathedral, UK
Kenneth Tickell and Company are proud to announce that they have been commissioned to build a new organ for the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester.
The new organ has been designed to enhance worship in both the chancel and nave of the cathedral, as well as being a distinguished concert and recital instrument. The musical and liturgical needs of a cathedral should govern the design and placement of an instrument, and for most of the working life of this cathedral an organ, or portions of an organ, have been included on the screen. The beautiful medieval screen will be reinforced to allow the new organ to sit above it with case fronts facing both East to the altar and quire, where daily services are sung, and West to the newly paved nave where Sunday morning services, many concerts and diocesan services take place.
The new organ, of six divisions, comprises 79 stops over four manuals and pedal. The main screen case will contain the Great, Swell and Pedal, arranged to speak equally east and west. A Choir organ speaks east into the chancel and a west facing Positive organ provides solo repertoire orientated stops. Both of these divisions will play from the same manual. On the south side of the chancel, a two-level Solo organ will be provided in a position least evident from the nave, allowing new eastward vistas to be revealed when the current organ is removed. The Jesus Chapel pedal 32' stops will be retained as will two of the high pressure solo reeds and the Contre Viole. The organ will have tracker key action for Great, Swell, Positive and screen Pedal, and electric action for the Solo, Choir and 32' pedal chests. All coupling will be electric.
The organ may be played from either of two consoles; a mechanical action screen console positioned on the north side of the case, or the mobile electric-action console in the main body of the building. Construction will begin in the workshop in 2015 with completion early in 2017.

Organs in danger / Organ - Our Lady and St. Hubert, Warley West Midlands
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:14:24 PM »
A lovely small HNB organ when in tune has a lovely tone now in dreadful condition due a installation of a industrial heater some years ago.

Worcestershire Warley,     Our Lady and St. Hubert, Bleakhouse Road, Wolverhampton Road [N03710]
Roman Catholic Church
Grid ref: SP0086
Survey date: 1950

1934           Hill, Norman & Beard

Position  W gallery 
East front of 13-5-13

Department and Stop list
Pedal   Key action   Stop action   Compass-low C  Compass-high f1  Keys 30
               1   Bourdon   16   

Great   Key action   Stop action   Compass-low C  Compass-high c4  Keys 61
               2   Open Diapason   8   
               3   Claribel Flute   8   
               4   Dulciana   8   
               5   Principal   4   

Swell   Key action   Stop action   Compass-low C  Compass-high c4  Keys 61 Enclosed
               6   Stopped Diapason   8   
               7   Echo Gamba   8   
               8   Voix Celestes   8   
               9   Geigen Principal   4   
               10   Closed Horn   8   

Glass slides; Couplers in red

Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell octave to Great
Swell octave
Great to Pedal

Blowing Electric 

3 thumb pistons to each manual
Toe pistons for Sw-Gt, Gt-Pd and one additional piston.
Balanced Swell pedal

Further information
Musical Opinion, January 1935

Organs in danger / St. Georges Edgbaston, Birmingham
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:55:55 AM »
the 3rd of the Birmingham organs at risk now unplayable but pipework in good condition.
A wonderful 3 manual Brindley & Foster not replaced by a Phoenix instrument.

see npor for details

ps an addition of a half lenght 32'ft reed was added around the year 2000.

Organs in danger / St. Martins in the Bullring - Birmingham
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:38:17 AM »
Another 4 Manual organ also in good condition but rarely used as it does not the styke of worship at the church.

Organs in danger / Main organ - Birmingham oratory
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:33:42 AM »
I have a few organs which need to go on this list.

This organ restored by Nicholson organs in 1987, a 4 manual is no longer used for daily/sunday services and used only for the occasional concert.
ther organ is still in good condition but the organ is not under regular maintenance and under under management of concert promoter/manager.


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