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  • Finishing the pipes

    Chris and Joe finishing the metal pipes for Trinity college Dublin

  • Wingfield organ returns to St Cuthbert’s Wells

    After a year’s residency in St Isidore’s chapel at Downside Abbey, the Wingfield organ has returned to St Cuthbert’s in Wells for this year’s Heritage Open Days last weekend when it was played by David Cheetham. There will be a musical event on October 14th at 4.00pm, with both the organs and the choir at …

  • The newly restored front pipes

    Chris Wells has restored the chocolate paint for the Trinity College Dublin front pipes and reconstructed the original painted decoration with his customary flair and skill

  • Racking in pipes

    Chris and Edward racking in pipes for the Trinity College Dublin organ

  • Carved friezes for chair case

    The two carved friezes for the side of the chair case for Trinity College Dublin

  • New chain for the Unicorn

    A small piece of new chain for the Unicorn

  • Metal pipe burnishing

    Joseph Marsden rounding metal pipes with a burnishing iron, with grateful thanks to the instruction and example of Terry Shires http://www.shiresorganpipes.com/

  • Pipe shade repairs

    Nick Hagen consolidating repairs to the pipe shade of the 1684 Lancelot Pease organ at Trinity College Dublin

  • Pipe makers pipe making

    Chris Davies and Joe Marsden making the final pipes for Trinity College Dublin

  • Lectern at Monksilver

    Near Nettlecombe is the lovely village church of Monksilver, with this unusual late mediaeval lectern, a wooden eagle, perhaps intended to take the King’s Great Bible in 1538 to be “set up in some convenient place … whereas your parishioners may most commodiously resort to the same”, in this case attached to the rood screen. …

  • Embossed front pipes 1665

    Last week Dominic visited Nettlecombe Court to see the Loosemore/Crabb organ. These front pipes date from 1665, prodigious examples of the craftsmanship of the early modern West Country. The patterns are pressed into the metal, crisp and bold. There are nine patterns in a 4ft front with 35 pipes. The intermediate pipes might have been …

  • Herman Jordaan takes a bow

    Herman Jordaan played a beautiful concert on the Gray/Nicholson organ and the Wetheringsett organ at St Swithun Worcester on Tuesday July 25th. It was (the organbuilder thought) a very assured performance on two rather difficult organs.

  • Edward’s great stop action

    Edward’s great stop action

  • Nick’s new carving for the side friezes

    Nick’s new carvings for the missing side friezes on the great case

  • Nick assembling and repairing the great case

    Nick assembling and repairing the old great case of Lancelot Pease

  • Chris with the completed keyboards

    Chris putting the final touches to the keyboards

  • Painting the Chair case

    Charles and Liz Marsden painting the 1705 Chair case for Trinity College Dublin

  • Concert at St Botolph, Aldgate on 12th July 2017 at 1.05pm

    Our friend Michael Overbury is playing at St Botolph Aldgate on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at 1.05pm A link to their concert list is http://www.stbotolphs.org.uk/music/choirs-and-concerts

  • Concert at Thaxted Church on 1st July

    Philip Moore is playing The Festival concert on the Lincoln organ at Thaxted Church on Saturday 1st July, at 12 o’clock. Here is a link to the festival http://www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk/

  • Bellows now in place

    Bellows now in place in the organ

  • The production team from Convivium records at Romsey Abbey

    The recording is being produced by Adrian Green and Andrew King of Convivium Records https://conviviumrecords.co.uk/, seen here in the vestry at Romsey Abbey

  • George Richford directing a CD recording of English verse anthems with Romsey Abbey choir

    On Monday to Wednesday June 19th to the 21st the St Teilo organ has been taking part in a recording of late 16th century and early 17th century English church music at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire, where the organ has been living this past year. The organ has been used mainly for the verse anthems. …

  • Concert 21st June at St Botolph Aldgate at 1.05pm (free)

    Gwendolyn Toth will be giving a concert of music on the Harris organ at St Botolph Aldgate on Wednesday (June 21st) at 1.05pm (free, with retiring collection), music by J.S.Bach, Kleber, Scheidemann and Pachelbel

  • Gwendolyn Toth and Jonathan Edwardes at the concert at Pilning

    Her concert included an intabulation of Clément Jannequin’s La Guerre, an account of the Battle of Marignano in which the French King Francis I was victorious over the Swiss allies of the Holy Roman Emperor. The account of the events were read for us by St Peter Pilning’s Director of Music Jonathan Edwardes (who also …

  • Gwendolyn Toth concert at Pilning near Bristol

    Gwendolyn Toth is organist at Immanuel Lutheran in New York, and an enthusiastic and accomplished interpreter of early music on the organ. You can follow her enthusiasm for historic organs on facebook https://www.facebook.com/gwendolyn.toth On Saturday June 17th she gave a concert on the 1790s William Allen chamber organ at Pilning near Bristol.

  • Kimberly Marshall Concert at St Swithun Worcester

    Kimberly Marshall introducing an item in her lunchtime concert on the Wetheringsett organ at St Swithun Worcester on Friday June 16th. It was a captivating programme of mostly secular music from the 16th century brilliantly played. In the afternoon she conducted a multiple masterclass for participants from the Royal College of Organists with her usual …

  • Chris cutting keys

    Chris cutting keys for the new keyboards

  • Tudor mass music at the Vyne

    Visitors to the Tudor chapel at the Vyne, a National Trust house in Hampshire, can experience a virtual pre-Reformation mass, with plain chant, authentic noises of censers, etc. and organ music contributed by Andrew McCrea on the Wetheringsett organ. An introduction to the experience can be seen on https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-vyne/features/tudor-mass-audio-illusion-unveiled-at-the-vyne

  • Skip Sempé and Andreas Linos at Staunton Harold

    The main reason for Andreas and Skip visiting us was to sample the world of the English 17th century consort organ. On Saturday we visited Canons Ashby, where the ca1675 organ is now placed at the end of a long gallery, an appropriate acoustical space which one can imagine being used by viol players in …

  • Skip Sempé playing Derek Adlam’s Hass clavichord

    We visited Derek Adlam on Sunday where Skip played the Hass clavichord made by Derek, a reconstruction of an early clavichord made by Peter Bavington, a harpsichord made by Bernd Fischer based on the Colmar Ruckers and an early harpsichord made by Derek based on a 1608 Ruckers.

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