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  • BIOS conference at St George the Martyr Southwark

    On Saturday April 29th there will be a day conference run by the British Institute of Organ Studies at St George the Martyr Southwark (at the southern end of the Borough High street), about the much-rebuilt and increasingly unreliable 1702 organ, provided by Abraham Jordan who lived and worked on the opposite side of the …

  • New chairs at Odiham

    The new chairs at Odiham, very smart, and flexible for concerts and public events

  • Easter at All Saints church Odiham

    All Saints Odiham, with the organ still wrapped in plastic to protect it from the removal of the pews and provision of a new floor. On Friday April 8th when Dominic appeared to remove the plastic, there were 150 in church making Easter bonnets

  • William Allen organ at Pilning back in position

    The William Allen organ at St Peter Pilning back in position. Gwendolyn Toth the organist from Immanuel Lutheran Church New York will be giving a concert on June 17th at 7.30pm. Tickets from director of music Jonathan Edwardes on 01454 632646 or churchwardenpilning@gmail.com, or from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-peters-church-pilning

  • Organ back in place at Pilning

    The William Allen organ at St Peter Pilning is now back in position. The pews have been removed, apart from six which have been consolidated and restored, there is a new floor, radiators, dado, etc.

  • Dominic vainly trying to control Phil Neal’s tricycle

    Dominic tries to master Phil Neal’s classic tricycle, without success. Phil is our local sculptor, a genius with just about every material, https://en-gb.facebook.com/sculptor.co.in/

  • Samuel Green chamber organ at Croft castle

    On Monday (March 27th) Dominic went to tune the 1786 Samuel Green chamber organ at Croft Castle in Herefordshire. It is one of many chamber organs which do not get played enough, if at all. I hope that from now on applications to play it will be received with enthusiasm! It has been recorded in …

  • Galpin Bible regals at EUCHMI

    Galpin Bible Regal in the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. The Regal has also been in store and has just gone on display. It has not been working for many years, though it was repaired about 40 years ago and could be made to work again.

  • St Cecilia’s Hall chamber organ back home

    St Cecilia’s Hall chamber organ…

  • Installation of the chamber organ in St Cecilia’s Hall Edinburgh

    Dominic installing the chamber organ in St Cecilia’s Hall in the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. The organ dates from around 1775, and may be by James Jones, who was partner to John Snetzler at the end of his life. It was restored by Noel Mander in 1967 but splits in the bellows …

  • Willie Hendry and Edward Bennett at the Thomas Parker enharmonic organ in Edinburgh

    Willie Hendry and Edward Bennett at the Thomas Parker enharmonic chamber organ in the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. The instruments are being returned to the galleries at the end of a big redevelopment project which has transformed the St Cecilia’s Hall site. The instruments have been in store for the last two …

  • Great windchests

    The underneath of the Great Windchests from above, being worked on by Edward

  • Joe welding the furnace for casting pipe metal

    Joe welding the furnace for casting pipe metal

  • Building frame is up

    The building frame is up, as work on the console begins, for the organ at Trinity College in Dublin

  • Edward burning upperboard holes

    Edward burning the countersinks for the upperboard holes for the organ at Trinity College Dublin

  • Restoration of the surface painting of the chair organ front pipes from the Examination Hall at Trinity College Dublin

    Chris Wells has been stripping the post-War brown paint and 1980 gilded decoration from the 1705 Chair Organ front pipes, and revealing and restoring the original finish. It resembles the painting on the 1684 Great front pipes, but in a notably more Baroque style. The faces on the shields are amusing – surely invisible from …

  • Edward working on the two Great wind chests

    One of bar frames for the two Great wind chests for Trinity College Dublin being planed flat by Edward, and the other having its table glued on in a vacuum press.

  • Visit by James Dawson, a freelance documentary producer

    We have had a visit from James Dawson, a freelance documentary producer, who is making a film about the decline of the English parish church organ and its culture. He came to film an organ builder making things. Here Joseph is making him a sample metal pipe which Edward later voiced, with James filming the …

  • Derek’s bookcase

    Nick has made a pyramid cabinet for Derek Adlam to display some of his collection of curiosities. Derek was for many years active in the neighbouring workshop making harpsichords, clavichords and early pianos. The Egyptian-style teapot on the bottom shelf was restored by Fiona Hutchinson, a ceramics restorer in a neighbouring workshop at Welbeck, including …

  • inEcho recording with the St Teilo organ at Romsey Abbey

    The ensemble inEcho are recording music from the 16th 17th and 21st centuries in Romsey Abbey, with our St Teilo organ. It is a programme called Northern Soul with music tracing the cultural interaction across northern Europe. From left to right in the picture are Silas Wollston on harpsichord (and organ), Richard Boothby viol, Anais …

  • Customer visit from Ireland

    Our customers from Ireland visiting the workshop to look at progress

  • Chris Wells demonstrating finishes to our visitors from Ireland

    Chris Wells demonstrating finishes to our visitors from Ireland

  • St Teilo organ now at Romsey Abbey

    The St Teilo organ has been moved to Romsey Abbey for a recording by Early Music ensemble “In Echo”. A link to their website is below : http://www.inecho.co.uk/

  • Wooden Pipes!

    New wooden pipes for Trinity College Dublin

  • Pilning Church is having a new floor!

    A new floor at Pilning church is the culmination of seven and a half years work, and a very long faculty process. One major advantage to the newly restored organ will be that it is finally going to be on a flat surface for the first time in nearly 100 years.

  • New extraction system is in!

    Nick has installed a new extraction system in our machine shop – an excellent way to start the new year

  • Wrapping Pilning organ for building work

    Edward and Dominic have moved and wrapped the William Allen chamber organ at St Peter Pilning for the duration of building works in the church

  • Upper and lower lips marked out

    The upper and lower lips marked out by Joe for the new mixture pipes for Trinity College Dublin

  • Restoration of a private Chamber organ

    Michael Taylor looking happy at his chamber organ after the wind chest was restored by Abigail, and the pipework tuned. The organ started life as a chamber organ of 1857 by a Mr Palmer of Liverpool, but has suffered dreadfully in the last few decades. Michael has been bringing it back to playing condition for …

  • Dominic’s drawings for Trinity College Dublin

    This photo is in memory of Bill Debenham who made this parallel motion drawing board for Adlam Burnett, the early keyboard instrument making workshop, of which he was a director in the 1970s. The drawing board started its career at Finchcocks in Kent, in the workshop alongside Dick Burnett’s Museum of Early Keyboard Instruments, came …