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  • Engelse Kerk Den Haag at completion of cleaning

    The organist Christina Scott Edelen and Edward on the organ bench after the cleaning programme was completed

  • Den Haag, English church, Edward cleaning the Trumpet in the Choir Room

    Dominic and Edward revived memories of past times when they cleaned and tidied up the organ which they made with Martin 29 years ago. Organ builders sometimes have to work where they can – there was a funeral in church

  • All Saints, Rothbury opening concert reception with the Duchess of Northumberland

    After the concert there was a reception in church. Dominic and Edward were introduced to the Lord Lieutenant Jane Percy Duchess of Northumberland who ‘opened’ the organ ceremonially. Photos all by Duncan Elson

  • All Saints, Rothbury opening concert with girl choristers of Durham Cathedral Choir School

    On September 17th the restored 1866 Hill & Son organ was received back into the church with an opening concert featuring musicians from Durham Cathedral. James Lancelot played the organ and James Randle (director of music at the Chorister School Durham Cathedral) directed the girl choristers. Photos all by Duncan Elson

  • The Swan Singers with the Wingfield Organ

    The Swan Singers sing a concert in St Cuthberts Wells on September 11th with the Wingfield organ

  • St Cuthberts, Wells on a Heritage Open Day September 11th

    The Wingfield organ took part in the display of the church including the reredos project, the ca1380 north transept and the 1470 Jesse reredos, see https://reredosproject.wordpress.com/

  • Front Pipe Restoration on Trinity College Dublin

    Joe Marsden begins restoring the front pipes from Trinity College Dublin

  • Completed restoration at Rothbury

    The restored ca1866 Hill & Son organ at Rothbury, ready for it’s opening concert on Saturday 17th September 2016. Photos by Duncan Elson

  • Dominic deep in thought…

    Dominic deep in thought….

  • End of week one at Rothbury

    The end of week one at Rothbury. The organ is up and together, ready for the pipes and tuning next week. Left to right, Willie Hendry, Chris Davies, Dominic Gwynn, Nick Hagen and Joe Marsden

  • Dominic gives a talk during the installation at Rothbury

    Dominic Gwynn gives a talk to the congregation during the installation of the newly restored organ

  • Front pipes being put into the organ at Rothbury

    Nick getting the middle front pipe central during installation of the newly restored organ at Rothbury

  • Installation of the organ at All Saints Church Rothbury

    Leveling the organ case, and adding the bellows and key bed during installation of the newly restored organ at Rothbury

  • Selfie at Rothbury during installation of the newly restored ca1866 Hill & Son organ

    Tea break at All Saints Church, Rothbury during the installation of the newly restored 1866 Hill & Son organ. From left to right, Chris Davies, Joe Marsden, Willie Hendy, Dominic Gwynn and Nick Hagen.

  • Completed organ at Great Tew in Oxfordshire

    The completed ca1683 organ by Henry Williams of Cheltenham at Great Tew in Oxfordshire. The full report is now available at https://www.goetzegwynn.co.uk/organ/great-tew-oxfordshire-restoration-henry-williams-organ-st-michael-angels/

  • Wooden Pipes at Great Tew

    The wooden pipes laid out in church ready to be put back in the newly restored organ at Great Tew

  • Pip and Andrew get married

    Dominic’s daughter Pip was married to Andrew Sweeney on July 22nd, at Castell Coch near Cardiff (which is where they live) with daughter Daisy and son Joseph. They are being marshalled here by Pip’s friend Rachel for a photo with Pip’s sister Lucy, Andrew’s sister Angela and brother Adrian, with Angela’s son Rowan (the ring-bearer) …

  • Moving the Snetzler Bureau Organ from the Handel House Museum

    During the International Society of Organ builders congress in London, we collected the Snetzler bureau organ given from the estate of Ellie Warburg to the Handel House Museum in Brook Street Westminster. We were assisted by our former colleague Peter Meier who has a successful firm in Rheinfelden Switzerland http://petermeierorgelbau.com/ and his colleague Marco Venegoni …

  • Unloaded organ from Trinity College Dublin

    On July 14th the cases for Trinity College Dublin were unloaded at Welbeck, ready to be examined and measured, before the restoration of the cases and the provision of a new organ in the style of Renatus Harris in about 1700

  • Collection of 1684 and 1705 organ from Trinity College Dublin

    Charles and Josh of Ballards (Tuxford) http://www.ballards-move.co.uk/ and Nick and Joe posing in front of the Ballards lorry filled with the 1684 and 1705 organ cases and front pipes from the Public Theatre at Trinity College Dublin on July 13th

  • Guillaume leaves for France

    On June 30th Guillaume Zellner worked his last day with us, before travelling a fortnight later with Lucille and Émile and all their belongings (including his workbench – see picture) to Hirsingue in Alsace. Guillaume is starting a new phase in his career with Jean-Christian Guerrier in Willer http://www.orgues-guerrier.org/Accueil.html

  • Anne Page giving a recital on the Thaxted organ

    On July 9th Anne Page gave a recital on the Lincoln organ at Thaxted parish church, in the course of the Thaxted Festival, the 100th since Gustav Holst started them in 1916. She played some of Holsts’s music for organ, written when he was a young man. In the following week Anne recorded a CD …

  • ISO congress

    At the Congress of the International Society of Organbuilders in Monday July 4th Goran Grahn, Simon Hebeisen and William McVicker play a stave each of the St Anne fugue, as three organists did in 1829 at the opening concert of the J.C.Bishop organ at St James Bermondsey. Goran plays the finger pedalboard to the left …

  • Alan Rubin with the Byfield Organ

    Alan Rubin and the museum director Luc Duchamp flanking the Byfield organ in the Museum after its re-assembly, embarking on the new phase in its life

  • The Byfield Organ has arrived in France

    The Byfield organ arrived in Provins on June 30th and was re-assembled in the museum http://www.provins.net/fr/decouvertes-et-visites/monuments-et-sites-a-decouvrir/le-musee-de-provins-et-du-provinois.html

  • Last pieces of the Byfield on their way to France

    Edward and Graham the house manager at Finchcocks packing the last pieces of the Byfield organ

  • Byfield Organ on it’s way to France

    On June 29th Edward and Dominic moved the unique 1766 chamber organ by John Byfield from the Finchcocks Musical Instrument Museum to its new owner Alan Rubin in Provins France. Here Edward is being assisted by Kevin and Mark of http://www.ganderandwhite.com

  • The Wingfield organ at St Giles Cripplegate

    The Wingfield organ later in the day at St Giles Cripplegate, in readiness for the congress of the International Society of Organbuilders and the Royal College of Organists Academy Summer Course for Organists. Milton is looking appropriately snooty…

  • Original Wingfield soundboard

    On Wednesday June 15th Dominic visited the church at Wingfield Suffolk to fetch the Tudor organ with Nicholas of Manders, and saw the display of the original soundboard for the first time

  • CD of music recorded at Santa Clara

    Rosana Orsini and Marco Brescia have made a wonderful CD of music written by Melchor López, Frei Francisco de São Boaventura and António da Silva Leite for convents in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Oporto (Portugal), recorded at the convent of Santa Clara, where we restored the organ in 2003 (http://www.arkhemusic.com)