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  • Chris Davies’s first day at G & G

    On January 4th our team was joined by Chris Davies, a friend of Joseph Marsden. Under Joseph’s trained eye, Chris will learn all the different elements of organ building and restoration, through the whole workshop. Chris is also a tuba player with Armthorpe Elmfield Brass Band. Chris has worked as a car mechanic, specialising in …

  • Dominic’s Christmas Trees

    Every year I feel the urgent need to contribute to our family Christmas by making some new decoration, sometimes inspired by other people’s ideas, sometimes inspired by off-cuts in the machine room. These Christmas trees were made of strips of mahogany and birch, off-cuts from tea trays made for my daughters. You can arrange the …

  • Dominic’s Bauhaus Nativity Scene

    My parish church, St Cuthbert’s in Wells Somerset, has an exhibition of upwards of 200 nativity scenes every year. They are of every shape and size, come from all over the world, are made of just about every material. They are based on the collection of Sue Harding, a stalwart soprano in our choir. I …

  • Snetzler name plate for Hindle’s organ

    Here is the name plate from Hindle’s Snetzler organ

  • Xmas Card 2015

    JOHN SNETZLER BUREAU ORGAN 1754 This organ was bought by David Hindle in 2006 from the Caldecott Community at Mersham-le-Hatch. It was given to them by Captain Lane, in whose house Andrew Freeman had photographed it in 1944. It had been extended with a pedal free reed by C.R.Oliver of Plymouth in 1975. In about …

  • Boxford Berkshire Barrel Organ Pinning

    Stuart Dobbs corrects the pinning of one of the five barrels on the ca1810 anon organ, for “The Portuguese Hymn” aka “Come All ye Faithful”

  • Welbeck open studios and Christmas market November 27th – 29th

    Last weekend the workshop was open to the public as part of the Harley Foundation’s Open Studios and Christmas Market. We were visited by Jonathan and Sharon Edwardes, director of music and organist at Pilning church near Bristol, whose William Allen chamber organ we have just restored. Also Jonathan’s father Roy who was organist at …

  • Thomas Parker’s Enharmonic Organ in ca1900

    It is unusual to see an owner or player alongside their organ, especially if it is a chamber organ. Here is a John Collier painting of Morforwyn Fanshawe, daughter of Sir George Lloyd Verney, standing in front of Thomas Parker’s enharmonic organ in about 1900, presumably at her father’s house at Clochfaen near Llangurig in …

  • Welbeck Singers in 1997

    For a long time a small choir called the Welbeck Singers sang weekly in our workshop, and performed three or four times a year, usually early music, sometimes church or cathedral services. Here (clockwise) are Liz New, Phyllis Palmer, Doreen Carruthers, Dominic Gwynn, Marcus Stahl, Martin Goetze eagerly awaiting the downbeat from Edward Bennett. With …

  • Celebration of Life and Works of Martin Goetze

    Martin Goetze: Celebration of his Life and Works On February 20th 2016 at 3.00pm at St Botolph Aldgate There will be a celebration of the life and works of Martin Goetze, our dear partner and colleague, in words and music, but mostly music. Tim Roberts will play music by John Worgan, who was organist at …

  • Nick turning a column

    Nick turning the column for a late medieval choir lectern for John Harper at Birmingham University.

  • 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