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  • Byfield Organ on it’s way to France

    On June 29th Edward and Dominic moved the unique 1766 chamber organ by John Byfield from the Finchcocks Musical Instrument Museum to its new owner Alan Rubin in Provins France. Here Edward is being assisted by Kevin and Mark of http://www.ganderandwhite.com

  • The Wingfield organ at St Giles Cripplegate

    The Wingfield organ later in the day at St Giles Cripplegate, in readiness for the congress of the International Society of Organbuilders and the Royal College of Organists Academy Summer Course for Organists. Milton is looking appropriately snooty…

  • Original Wingfield soundboard

    On Wednesday June 15th Dominic visited the church at Wingfield Suffolk to fetch the Tudor organ with Nicholas of Manders, and saw the display of the original soundboard for the first time

  • CD of music recorded at Santa Clara

    Rosana Orsini and Marco Brescia have made a wonderful CD of music written by Melchor López, Frei Francisco de São Boaventura and António da Silva Leite for convents in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Oporto (Portugal), recorded at the convent of Santa Clara, where we restored the organ in 2003 (http://www.arkhemusic.com)

  • Choir lectern in use at Ranworth church

    The lectern which Nick made for a Birmingham University research project led by John Harper has taken part in a symposium at Ranworth church in Norfolk (‘the cathedral of the Broads’), see http://www.broadsideparishes.org.uk/churches/ranworth-symposium.htm The photograph was taken by Mark Cator http://www.markcator.co.uk/contactbiography/

  • Nick working on Rothbury’s case

    One of the challenges of the organ at Rothbury is that the case had been reduced to accommodate a War Memorial screen. Here Mr Hill’s original casework is being reconstructed by Nick Hagen.

  • Restoring the bellows

    Willie Hendry and Guillaume putting the finishing touches to the restored bellows from the Hill and Son organ of 1866 from All Saints Rothbury. The organ will be installed in August and will receive a festive opening on September 17th.

  • Willie Hendry from Dalkeith spent a week here

    Last week we were visited by Willie Hendry from Dalkeith, who works as a church organist and harpsichord hirer. Willie spent the week working on organs, here restoring the keys for the Hill organ at Rothbury.

  • Great Tew completion

    We have completed the restoration of the ca1863 organ by Henry Williams of Cheltenham at Great Tew in Oxfordshire. The first pipe to go in was the bottom C of the Swell Open Diapason, here is C# being passed by Joseph to Edward

  • New Cornopean and Cremona for Great Tew

    The new Cornopean 8ft and Cremona 8ft made by Joe and Chris and voiced by Abi, have been installed in the organ at Great Tew

  • Emile visits

    We have had the honour of a visit from baby Emile, son of Guillaume and Lucille, who will shortly with much regret be leaving and return to a new life near Belfort.

  • The completed and restored organ back at Erddig

    We have completed and installed the restored 1864 organ by Bevington and Sons at Erddig Hall near Wrexham, a National Trust house famous for the portaits of it’s servants, accompanied by ditties written by their employers the Yorke family.

  • Tunes on the dumb organist at Erddig

    Here is the list of tunes available on the dumb organist – the taste of the times. “Off she goes” is an extended version of Humpty Dumpty

  • Testing the dumb organist for the organ at Erddig

    Stuart Dobbs restored the dumb organist which was supplied with the 1864 Bevington and Sons organ at Erddig Hall near Wrexham (National Trust). It is a conventional barrel with keys and stickers resting on the Great keys.

  • Great Tew installation – underway!

    Loading the Great Tew organ ready for installation later today

  • All welcome to play the organ at Pilning

    Following the wonderful opening concert at Pilning, Jonathan Edwardes has said that anyone wishing to play the organ is most welcome and should contact him on churchwardenpilning@gmail.com

  • The Italian Chamber Organ at St Saviour Hampstead

    Our Italian chamber organ now lives happily at St Saviour Hampstead. It is seen here with the (sadly silent) Bevington/Rothwell organ in the background (NPOR N17105). It has been used in services at the church and in a couple of concerts by Tim Roberts. The priest is Paul Nicholson, one of our finest early keyboard …

  • Abigail voicing the Great Tew Cremona

    The new Cremona for the Henry Williamson organ at Great Tew Oxfordshire, based on the 1879 Gray & Davison Choir Cremona at St Anne’s in Worksop, made by Joseph Marsden and Chris Davies, being voiced by Abigail Balfour.

  • Music from the Lost Palace of Westminster

    This is a new CD from www.delphianrecords.co.uk (producer Paul Baxter), with Geoffrey Webber and the choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge singing music written by Nicholas Ludford, anon. and others for St Stephens Chapel in the lost royal palace of Westminster. Organ versets ‘upon the Squares’ devised and played by Magnus Williamson on our …

  • Late Medieval Liturgies Enacted

    This is the book that was the outcome of the www.experienceofworship.org.uk project led by Professor John Harper at Bangor University between 2010 and 2103 in partnership with Salisbury Cathedral and St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff, for which we made a late medieval organ. It was edited by Sally Harper, Paul Barnwell and Magnus …

  • Jennifer Bate plays the opening concert on the restored organ at St Peter Pilning

    On Saturday April 30th Jennifer Bate played a concert of music from Handel to Samuel Wesley on the newly-restored William Allen chamber organ. Jennifer has supported the restoration of the organ from the beginning and gave us a wonderful excursion through the English organ music of the period, and through the colours available on this …

  • Study day at Thaxted on May 28th

    Gillian Ward Russell, who is a leading expert in the performance of Georgian organ music will talk about the 1820 Lincoln organ at Thaxted and lead masterclasses, on Saturday May 28th. The day is organized by the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies. Details from Andrew Johnson: andrewpj@waitrose.com See also www.cambridgeorganacademy.org.

  • Baby Émile visits the workshop

    Émile was born to Guillaume and Lucille on April 1st, also coincidentally the 36th birthday of the firm, so we hope he feels a special connection to his father’s craft. It was a beautiful spring day, and we felt especially honoured to be treated to Émile’s first adventure outdoors.

  • Fiona Hutchinson redecorating front pipes from the Hill organ at All Saints Rothbury

    Fiona Hutchinson is a ceramics restorer occupying a neighbouring workshop here at the Harley Foundation at Welbeck, a long-time friend and encourager of our firm. Here she is using her super-refined sense of colour to re-decorate repairs to the patterned front pipes from the 1866 William Hill organ at All Saints Rothbury in Northumberland.

  • Choosing oak at Somerscales

    Nick Hagen and Dominic Gwynn had a happy morning choosing oak boards at Somerscales at Keelby in North Lincolnshire http://stuartsomerscales.com for the new organ at Trinity College Dublin, which we will start making in August.

  • Stuart Dobbs and Nick Hagen and the Erddig Dumb organist

    Stuart has finished restoring the dumb organist which attaches to the 1864 Bevington organ from Erddig House (National Trust) near Wrexham North Wales. It has six popular tunes, waltzes from Faust and La Traviata, ‘Off she goes’ which I would sing to Humpty Dumpty, etc. A recording of one of the tunes will appear on …

  • Visit by a group from St Michael and All Angels, Great Tew, Oxfordhsire

    On March 30th we were visited by a group from Great Tew, the customers for our current project, the restoration of their ca1865 Henry Williams organ. It is a small two manual and pedal organ, very solidly and confidently made. From the left Charles Mould, Jeremy Treglown, Naomi Bowen, Ann Abbotts, Patrick Thomas and the …

  • The finished reed blocks and shallots for Great Tew

    Here are the finished reed blocks and shallots for the new Swell Cornopean and Great Cremona for the ca1865 Henry Williams organ at Great Tew. Henry Williams described himself as ‘of Gray & Davison’ even though he seems to have worked independently in Cheltenham Gloucestershire, so we have copied the Cremona and Cornopean in the …

  • Chris Davies making reed blocks

    Chris Davies is cleaning up the top surface of reed blocks which have been cast in the workshop. The reeds are for a new Swell Cornopean and a new Great Cremona in the style of Gray & Davison, for the ca1865 Henry Williams organ at Great Tew. The Cremona was prepared for but never made, …

  • Jennifer Bate opens the restored William Allen organ at Pilning, Gloucestershire

    Jennifer Bate is playing the opening recital on the restored William Allen organ at St Peter Pilning Gloucestershire on Saturday, April 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets £20, available by calling 01454 632670. Here is a picture of Guillaume Zellner sitting triumphantly on the nag’s head swell box, waiting for the new urn which Nick Hagen made …