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  • Restoring Vauxhall…

    The Pedal key action in the 1870 Lewis organ at St Peter Vauxhall is basically a roller running diagonally from the pedalboard to the pedal windchest on the treble side.  The rollers are divided in the middle to give a support, though some had rusted solid into the studs…

  • Dismantling done!

    The dismantling done, apart from the Pedal key action

  • More dismantling…

    ….more dismantling with Nick, Edward, Joe (underneath), Rob and Chris

  • Dismantling on 17th December 2019

    The organ being dismantled in the week of December 16th 2019; Rob, Chris, Joe and Edward in the picture, with a Pilcher chamber organ behind Edward, now belonging to Justin Berg, who has lent it while St Peter’s is without an organ.  St Peter’s have a sung evensong once a month with the St Peter’s …

  • Before restoration….

    The organ before restoration, with leaning pipes, missing swell box, missing side panel and ornamental pipework, but most importantly the effects of dirt, age, wear and tear.  The organist is Will Fraser who is

  • The Lewis name label

    T.C.Lewis became one of the most important Victorian organ builders – see Christopher Gray’s article in volume 22 of the BIOS Journal.  Even this small church organ has a vibrant tone which fills Pearson’s brick-vaulted church.

  • The 1870 TC Lewis organ at St Peter Vauxhall before restoration

    The organ is by T.C.Lewis, almost unaltered except for the loss of the swell box in the 1970s.  Unusually the Swell was at the front of the organ, facing backwards, so it will not be replaced.  It looks as if the organ was built for a room with a low ceiling, or perhaps it was …

  • St Peter Vauxhall

    We are starting the restoration of the organ in St Peter Vauxhall, the first urban church by J.L.Pearson one of the top Victorian architects, in his characteristic 12th century French Gothic style

  • Christmas dinner…

    Christmas dinner at the School of Artisan Food here at Welbeck

  • All ready for visitors…

    We were ready for the visitors at Welbeck winter weekend.

  • Open Studios at Welbeck last weekend

    It was the Welbeck Winter Weekend open studios, craft and food fair and we were open to visitors last weekend.

  • The consort organ in Centeilles

    L’Acheron viol consort recording in the historic chapel of Centeilles in southern France (In the Minervois in Languedoc), using the new consort organ made last year provided by Francois Ryelandt.

  • IBO visit to Dublin

    IBO visit to Trinity College Dublin on Saturday October 12th with Andrew Johnstone playing music by William Byrd, Pepusch and J.S.Bach.

  • The wind chest waiting to be inserted in the case

    The completed wind chest, with the keys in position, is waiting to be inserted in the case.  The table would originally not have been graphited, and it is unlikely that there would have been grooving for runnings and ciphers, though the grooving did appear in early organs.  In Germany a ‘running groove’ would have been …

  • Gluing in the pallets

    Edward gluing in the leather pallet hinges.  The baseboard of the pallet box is also the bottom board of the upper case, and would originally have had the spring rail glued to it.  Here Edward has provided a separate spring rail, which means he can position the pallets with their springs as he glues the …

  • Gluing the pallet box to the soundboard

    The pallet box frame is glued to the underside of the soundboard (i.e. the bar frame, bars and table), with leather covering the bars and channels behind the pallet box.  Originally the open channels would have been covered with re-used parchment manuscript, or more likely, the Coppel 8ft upperboard and slider would have been attached …

  • Grooves in the layers of the Coppel 8ft upperboard

    This is the Coppel 8ft (stopped wood) upperboard and a joining board to the vertical board for the bass pipes.  In the bass the position of the pipes cannot be accommodated to the spacing of the channels, so they have to be moved further and further away, and the bottom pipes are placed horizontally, with …

  • Pilot holes and oblong holes in the table, sliders and upperboards

    The holes would have been drilled through the bottom layers of the upperboards, the sliders and the table as pilot holes.  Because of the narrowness of the channels, the larger holes have to be provided as oblong holes, and the slider movement has to be limited because the holes cannot be staggered

  • Edward drilling holes in the table

    Edward drilling the holes in the table of the soundboard

  • Making a wind chest – gluing the bars of the soundboard

    This year we have been making a new four stop positive organ, in the south German style of around 1700 for Dr. Christopher Kent.  This sequence of pictures shows the stages in making the tiny but perfectly-formed wind chest, mostly made by Edward Bennett.  This picture shows the gluing of the bars into the soundboard

  • Dominic studying the original manuscript of Thomas Dallam’s journal of his 1599 trip to Istanbul

    Dominic had an exciting time last Monday studying the original manuscript of the journal which the organ builder Thomas Dallam kept during his 14 month voyage to the Sultan in Istanbul in 1599-1600, accompanying, repairing and playing a fantastic clockwork-driven barrel organ (with keyboard).  It has been an obsession for many years.  The transcription was …

  • Derek Adlam re-stringing a Hass clavichord which he made in 1973

    Derek Adlam has been re-stringing the clavichord which he made at Finchcocks in 1974 in the workshop, with its new owner Douglas Hollick.  The clavichord was based on an original by Johann Adolph Hass 1763.

  • Stephen Farr giving a concert on the Beloudy chamber organ at the Horniman Museum

    Stephen Farr conducted masterclasses and played an evening concert on Thursday September 12th.  The concert was really excellent – both Joseph Beloudy’s three stop organ and Stephen and his concert programme keeping the audience engaged through two hours of music, and Stephen earning particular credit for pumping the organ by foot throughout. 

  • Stephen Devine introducing his concert on the three newly acquired and restored keyboard instruments at the Horniman Museum

    Stephen Devine introducing his concert on the three instruments, the ca1800 Joseph Beloudy chamber organ, the 1668 Neapolitan virginals by Onofrio Guarracino, and the 1770 square piano by Adam Beyer.  They were wonderfully played and entertainingly introduced.

  • Mimi Waitzman announcing the three restored keyboard instruments at the Horniman Museum

    Mimi Waitzman introducing the three keyboard instruments which the Horniman Museum has bought from the sale of the collection at Finchcocks, and announcing the series of concerts and masterclasses September 10th – 12th

  • A sketch of the key action

    The picture shows Dominic’s contribution to the booklet, a diagrammatic measured sketch of the key action, which is most unusual, with keys which are weighted to rest under the key rails at the front, and the stickers resting not on the tail of the keys as usual in these chamber organs, but on a register …

  • Gerard Verloop has written a new booklet about the Pilcher chamber organ now at Zuid Scharwoude in the Netherlands.

    Gerard Verloop has written a new booklet about the Pilcher chamber organ now at Zuid Scharwoude in the Netherlands.  It will presumably become available from the church’s online shop at Gerard Verloop’s thoroughly researched history is the main attraction of this attractive organ, one of the last to be built in a Georgian style.  …

  • A concert at 7.15pm at the Horniman Museum in London on Thursday 12th September

    And a concert at 7.15pm, see

  • Opening events of the recently-restored late Georgian chamber organ at the Horniman Museum

    On the attrib. Joseph Beloudy chamber organ at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill S.E. London, there will be a masterclass 2-5pm on Thursday (12.9.2019), see

  • Installed Peter Conacher organ at St Patrick’s Bradford

    The newly-installed Peter Conacher organ at St Patrick’s RC Bradford.  The church is in the diocese of Leeds whose Bishop Marcus Stock is determined to expand the mission and teaching of the Church .  As a result this church has stayed open and is administered by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal