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  • 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 …

  • Nick installing new extraction system

    Nick on his birthday installing a new extraction system for the machine shop

  • Abi making pedal board

    Abi making the pedal board for Trinity College Dublin

  • Pedal windchest for trinity College Dublin

    Pedal windchest under construction for Trinity College Dublin

  • Wooden pipes in clamps

    Wooden pipes in clamps for Trinity College Dublin

  • Happy Christmas

    THE BEVINGTON ORGAN AT ERDDIG HOUSE NEAR WREXHAM, WALES The organ was bought for the Music Room at Erddig in 1865, for Philip Yorke II, then aged 15. It was made by Henry Bevington & Sons of 48 Greek Street Soho, and cost £227.2s.4d. The date 1864 and the job number 654 is written on …

  • Wooden pipe feet turned by Nick for the new organ for Trinity College Dublin

    Wooden pipe feet turned by Nick for the new organ for Trinity College Dublin

  • Visit by christmas musicians at the christmas open studio event

    Visit by the Christmas musicians at the Christmas open studios event on November 25-27th.

  • 1752 Snetzler bureau organ

    1752 Snetzler bureau organ after restoration by Edward and returned to the Handel House Museum

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