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  • Dominic Gwynn coning in the toes

    Dominic Gwynn coning in the toes on new pipework for Michael Taylor’s chamber organ

  • Paper extracted from the bellows

    Paper extracted from the bellows of the JC Bishop organ at Sarsden House, Oxfordshire – Charles Coleman was presumably related to Albert Coleman who was in partnership with TR Willis 1855-72, and JK Andrews went into partnership with James Forster and settled in Hull in 1843.

  • Joseph making a blowing pedal

    Joseph making a blowing pedal for the late 18th century chamber organ at St Cecilia’s Hall, Russell Collection, Edinburgh which is being rebuilt at the moment.

  • A photographer visits

    On 19th October Ben Boswell took portraits of all the organ builders at work, part of a dossier of portraits of all the craftspeople at the Harley Foundation, the charitable organization which subsidises our workshops http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/harley-studios/ and Ben’s contact is www.benboswell.co.uk

  • Abigail Burns Holes

    Restoring a ca1840 J.C.Bishop organ Sarsden parish church in Oxfordshire: the wind chest was full of slits, so Abigail Balfour has filled the splits with strips of mahogany and lined the channels with cotton tape, and is here seen burning the holes through the tape …

  • The Martin Goetze Memorial Fund

    This fund has been set up to offer an annual award to a promising trainee or young organ builder. Generous donations have totalled £1,237.10 so far. Some people have wanted to contact Martin’s partner, Margaret Hamilton (maggshami@hotmail.co.uk ) who initiated this fund. Cheques made out to ‘ Martin Goetze Memorial Fund’ may be sent to …

  • Martin’s Memorial Service

    Thanks to all of you who came to Martin’s Memorial Service at St Anne’s Worksop last Thursday (September 24th), especially those who came a long way, and to all those who would have liked to have come and couldn’t. It was a celebration of a life well-lived. And thanks too for the many expressions of …

  • Tim, Hannah and Myles visit Welbeck

    A visit on Tuesday September 2nd from Tim McEwen who worked with us from 1999 to 2008, and Hannah and Myles. They are about to move from Fort Wayne Indiana to Cincinnati Ohio US. Tim works on his own projects and looks after local organs, as well as looking after Myles.

  • Edward perched on the swell box at Great Tew

    Edward Bennett (67 years old on August 18th!) perched on top of the swell box of the 1860s Henry Williams organ at Great Tew Oxfordshire, during dismantling on August 26th.

  • The restored Pilcher organ in Church in Zuidscharwoude

    The restored Pilcher organ in position in the church at Zuidscharwoude, with our hostess Marjan Jong listening to Gerard Verloop, the owner of the organ.

  • The restored Pilcher Organ arriving in Zuidscharwoude

    The restored organ by William Pilcher 1851 belonging to the Stichting Gerard Verloop in the van just outside the Koogerkerk at Zuidscharwoude before being moved into the church, Tuesday August 4th.

  • Memorial Service for Martin Goetze

    A memorial Service to celebrate the life of Martin Goetze will be held on Thursday 24th September at 6pm at St.Anne’s Church, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 1NJ. Light refreshments will be served in the church hall after the service. There is ample parking at the church and in the neighbouring streets.

  • Martin Goetze has sadly passed away

    With great sadness our friend and colleague Martin Goetze passed away on Sunday afternoon. There is to be a private funeral and a Memorial Service in Worksop at a later date.

  • St Teilo Organ

    July 19th: the Tudor organ made for Bangor University’s Experience of Worship project in 2010 http://www.experienceofworship.org.uk/ was played by Magnus Williamson for the Caius Choirbooks recording, improvising verses in the style of early 16th century English organ music as only Magnus can http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/staff/profile/magnus.williamson. The organ is to be at St Laurence Ludlow for the coming …

  • Caius Choirbooks Recording

    July 17th: Geoffrey Webber directing the choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge http://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/choir for a recording of music from the Caius Choirbooks by Paul Baxter of Delphian Records http://www.delphianrecords.co.uk/

  • Matthew Dunn plays John Worgan

    During the interval of the same concert, the church’s organist Matthew Dunn played organ music by his predecessor John Worgan, edited by Tim Roberts and available from www.orchardstreetmusic.uk

  • 18th Century music at St Botolph, Aldgate

    The Majorcan baroque orchestra Ars Musicae with Dame Emma Kirkby, directed by Tim Roberts rehearsing music by Pergolesi for a concert at St Botolph Aldgate on Friday July 10th (see a review at http://seenandheard-international.com/2015/07/enjoyable-baroque-concert-from-dame-emma-and-mallorcan-musicians/?doing_wp_cron=1436694636.8436090946197509765625

  • Thaxted Festival July 2015

    Catherine Ennis addresses the audience before starting on her wonderful concert for the Thaxted Festival on July 4th (photo Michael Bailie www.michaelbailie.com/about

  • Charles and Nick Gilding pipes

    Charles Marsden and Nick Hagen gilding front pipes

  • Wood delivery

    Our latest delivery of oak from Somerscales, Lincolnshire www.stuartsomerscales.com

  • Plinth for St Albans church Birmingham

    Nick delivered a new plinth for moving the organ at St Albans, Birmingham, at the request of Edward Fellows who has a connection with our new organ at Odiham

  • Aldgate concert

    For further details contact Further information www.orchardstreetmusic.uk Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/174006

  • Magna Carta at Odiham

    On Sunday June 15th the morning service on BBC radio 4 (Sunday Worship: Liberty and Justice for all) came from All Saints Odiham, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. King John spent the night before facing his barons in the Castle at Odiham. There was a new anthem by …

  • Edward and Dominic at Richis/Reichesdorf in Rumania

    On May 12th Edward and Dominic visited Richis/Reichesdorf in Rumania for a few days to encourage along the restoration of the 1788 Prause organ in the wonderful mediaeval church. Hermann Binder has been restoring the organ with the help of Szabolcs Bartis and his team. We have inserted the restored pipework, adjusted the voicing and …

  • Joe soldering end on shallot

    Joe soldering end on shallot

  • Martin routering slots for splayed double backfalls, Zuid Scharwoude

    Martin routering slots for splayed double backfalls, Zuid Scharwoude

  • Willie Hendry from Edinburgh

    This week we have been joined by Willie Hendry, a harpsichord maker, who will be helping us with the restoration of the organ from St Cecilia’s Hall, The Russell Collection, Edinburgh.

  • Guillaume twidling at New College, Oxford

    Guillaume twiddling at New College, Oxford

  • Edward narashing at New College, Oxford

    Edward narashing at New college, Oxford

  • Joe Marsden cleaning reed blocks

    Joe Marsden cleaning reed blocks