Author Archives: Goetze and Gwynn

  • Wingfield organ at Fotheringhay church: May 25th concert

    There will be a concert of music that might have been sung and played in Fotheringhay church (near Oundle) during the 16th century, on May 25th, sung by the Alamire Consort directed by David Skinner, and the organ played by James Parsons.  Tickets from the Oundle International Festival box office, more information on–echoes-of-the-plantagenets.php

  • In memory of Bernd Fischer

    We heard that we have lost Bernd Fischer last week, one of the finest craftsmen and maker of harpsichords which came as close as they could get to perfection.  He was our neighbour, sharing a workshop with Derek Adlam.  We learnt so much from him.  Perhaps the greatest benefit of moving our workshop to Welbeck was to have Bernd and Derek next door, for passing on knowledge, expertise, inspiration and encouragement.

  • Santiago de Compostela 2

    This notice records the Franciscan friar who rebuilt the organ, not that his idea of organ building would have been accepted by the rest of the trade

  • Santiago de Compostela 1

    Edward and Dominic revisited the 1709 Manuel de la Vina/1865 Ramon Cardama organ at the convent of Santa Clara in Santiago de Compostela, for a maintenance check and tuning.  This notice recalls the completion of the restoration in 2004, with the team of organ builders, Chris Wells who restored the finish of the case, Carol Bakewell who was then our administrator, and Maria Iglesias who found us, introduced us to the nuns and to the organ, translated, and kept our spirits topped up.

  • Manual keys,…..

    Stage five : Manual keys, key actions and stop actions; the case going together

  • Swell box and ….

    Stage four : Swell box and flue ranks, rollerboards, wind trunks and front pipe conveyances

  • Examining the site

    Putting an organ back together : 1867 Hill & Son organ at St Michael and All Angels Cockerham : stage one, examining the site!

  • the team

    The team including Pete and Dave the from Ballards and on the right Rod England director of the project for the church.

  • Ballards delivering the organ.

    Ballards at Cockerham (murky weather but thank goodness the rain held off for two hours).

  • 39th birthday on 1st April

    It was Goetze and Gwynn’s 39th Birthday on 1st April!! Edward and Dominic were in Santiago De Compostela, at the Convent of Santa Clara tuning the organ they restored there back in 2003.

  • Warmth… last!!

    Following a very cold January with broken heaters, we have finally had a new heating system installed in February, warmth at last!!

  • Bill Hunt and Fretwork

    Bill Hunt and Fretwork preparing for Edmund Hooper’s wonderful “Hearken ye nations”, an anthem giving thanks for safe deliverance from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

  • The Magdalena Consort, Fretwork and the St Teilo organ recording English verse anthems at St Jude’s Hampstead last week.

    For Bill hunt’s verse anthem project see and

    This recording, which featured his Majesty’s Sackbuts and Cornets and Silas Wollaston on the St Teilo organ as well as the voices of the Magdalena Consort and the viols of Fretwork will have verse anthems by Byrd, Morley and Edmund Hooper as volume 2 of “In Chains of Gold”.

  • Leeds Baroque lunch time performance on Sarurday 16th February 2019 at 1.00pm

    Saturday 16 February 2019 at 1:00pm
    Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall,
    University of Leeds
    Leeds Baroque launch
    The Baroque Timpani Project

    You are cordially invited to join us for a free short lunchtime recital performance of Henry Purcell’s Sound the trumpet, beat the drum – a Welcome Ode for King James II followed by an informal reception and an introduction to our ambitious Timpani Crowd Funding project.
    We hope you will join us and be part of this exciting enterprise. Booking is not essential – but do let us know if you can join us so we can ensure we have enough glasses and refreshments!
    You can book a place online via our webpage
    Or email your name and number of guests to leedsbaroque415@gmail.comTickets are free – but please book in advance

    More about Leeds Baroque

    Much of our core repertoire requires period instrument timpani – instruments that are hard to find in our region. To remedy this problem, and with the help and advice of Adrian Bending (principle timpanist for OAE and Professor of Timpani at the Royal College of Music) Leeds Baroque is launching a crowd funding campaign to commission a set of Baroque timps, which in addition to our own use will be made available to other period instrument groups. The instruments will be made by the legendary historical instrument makers, Henry Potter & Co.

    Leeds Baroque is the city’s only ‘period instrument’ orchestra specialising in performances of music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Founded in 2000, and made up of professional, student and talented amateur performers: it is directed by an international authority on the performance of this repertoire, Prof. Peter Holman MBE. It has gained an enviable reputation for lively performances and academically informed programmes covering standard works by Purcell, Handel, Bach, Corelli and by their less familiar contemporaries. Most of the performers are unpaid, playing in the belief that this specialist, but very accessible, repertoire should be more widely appreciated, there being few similar organisations outside London.
    Leeds Baroque is financed solely from its ticket income, modest grant funding and its small, but very supportive ‘Friends’ organisation.
    It is now embarking on an ambitious plan to expand its repertoire opportunities with the purchase of a set of historically appropriate timpani. Such instruments are handmade, with copper bodies, goatskin heads and, inevitably a considerable price tag. In addition to Leeds Baroque the instruments will be made available to other period instrument groups in the North.
    To bring this plan to fruition we seek your help via a crowdfunding project. We hope you will join us on this exciting journey, offering your own contribution to making another facet of this wonderful repertoire available to the people of Leeds and the region.

  • Christmas card 2018

    Xmas card 2018 pic blog

    2018 Christmas card from Goetze and Gwynn Ltd

    Please click on the link to view the Christmas card


    In 2018 the restoration was completed by Hermann Binder, organ builder of Hermannstadt/Sibiu in Romania, with the assistance of Bartis Szabolcs in Gheorgheni, and from G&G at the beginning and completion of the project. The organ was built by Johannes Prause, a Prussian organ builder who settled in Saxon Transylvania, where he built a number of organs. This one was built in 1788, in the late 14th century church in Reichesdorf/Richiş, which was Lutheran from the Reformation and is filled with galleries, benches and banners. The organ was rebuilt by Karl Einschenk in 1909 with a reversed console and pipework transposed to give a more romantic stoplist.

    It has been restored to the situation in 1788, with new keyboard and stop knobs in the original style, new bellows using the original leaves, and the pipes returned to their original positions. The organ has one keyboard and pedal pulldowns, with short compass C/E – c³. There are 12 stops; a principal chorus with Mixtur IV and Rauschpfeife II, stopped flutes at 8’ and 4’, and an open flute at 2’, a narrow-scaled Salicet 8’ and tapered Fugara 4’, with a Subbass 16’ (also available on pedal pulldowns). It was built to lead the congregation’s singing, but also to provide colour for preludes and voluntaries, some of which were heard at the opening concert by Liv Müller organist from Mediasch. A report can be found at


    Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn ltd