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  • 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 completed organ

    The completed organ at Cockerham

  • the team

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

  • Filling the church with organ stuff!

    Filling the church with organ stuff

  • 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…..at last!!

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

  • Edward testing for the weight of the counter balances of the swell stop action

    Edward testing for the weight of the counter balances of the swell stop action

  • Chris Wells revealing previous decorative schemes on the front pipes

    Chris Wells revealing previous decorative schemes on Cockerham front pipes

  • Chris casting counter balance weights for the Cockerham swell stop action

    Chris casting counter balance weights for the Cockerham swell stop action

  • The completed oak grained lower case

    Nick’s completed oak grained lower case

  • Cockerham case panels and frames oak grained and ready for fitting

    Cockerham case panels and frames oak grained and ready for fitting.

  • Cockerham woodwork being prepared for wood graining

    Cockerham woodwork being prepared for wood graining

  • Nick painting the casework

    Nick painting the casework

  • Cockerham lower case

    Setting up the Cockerham lower case.

  • 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 https://www.orlandogibbons.com/chains-gold-orlando-gibbons-complete-consort-anthems/ and http://www.fretwork.co.uk/page/2/ 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 THE 1788 JOHANNES PRAUSE ORGAN AT REICHESDORF IN TRANSYLVANIA In 2018 the restoration was completed by Hermann Binder, organ builder of Hermannstadt/Sibiu in Romania, with the assistance of Bartis Szabolcs in Gheorgheni, …

  • Edward setting up the key action frame and keyboards

    Edward setting up the key action frame and keyboards for the Cockerham organ

  • Nick fitting the concussion bellows

    Nick fitting the concussion bellows as the Cockerham organ is being assembled

  • Nigel Church organ in the new building for the Diocese of Leeds Music Department

    On Tuesday December 4th, Nick and Dominic took a 5 stop Nigel Church practice organ of 1981 to the new music school in the vacated building next to the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Leeds. For the wonderful work being carried out by Ben Saunders and his colleagues for church music in the diocese of Leeds, …

  • Lèse Majesté

    Dominic and Edward (presumptuously occupying the Provost’s chair (sorry CHAIR) in the Public Theatre, admire the work of their team. The organ builders were all present, Nick Hagen, Joe Marsden and Chris Davies. I am sorry not to have a group photograph.

  • David Grayson addressing the audience

    Before the concert the audience were addressed by the Provost Patrick Prendergast, emeritus Professor of Chemistry David Grayson and Professor Andrew Johnstone from the School of Music. David was the chairman of the organ committee, and was largely responsible for bringing the project to completion (https://www.tcd.ie/news_events/articles/inaugural-organ-concert-and-restoration/)

  • Inaugural concert at Trinity College Dublin

    On Friday November 30th Malcolm Proud and David Adams gave a wonderful concert on the new organ in the Public Theatre at Trinity College Dublin, with music by William Byrd, Clérambault, Boyce, Distler, Nivers and J.S.Bach, to a packed hall. It was the organ’s first concert, though the university ceremonies have been accompanied by the …

  • Handel fugues and Cannons anthems at St Lawrence Whitchurch

    On Saturday November 24th a concert was given by Alastair Ross and the London Handel Orchestra in the church of St Lawrence Whitchurch of fugues by Johann Krieger and Handel, and the Te Deum in B flat written for Cannons and the anthem “The Lord is my Light”. The choral music was all written 300 …

  • Re-leathering the reservoir on Cockerham

    Nick preparing the reservoir from the Cockerham organ for re-leathering

  • An old version

    Chris trying out an old version of Stuart’s press, which used to belong to the late Roger Jubb of Gainsborough and now belongs to Stuart.

  • The finished result

    The finished result.

  • Chris continuing….

    The surplus has been cut off and the insert is place back into the mould to finish it.