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St. Paul's, Harringay
St. Paul's, Harringay
Specification
Great
Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Principal 4
Flute 4
Fifteenth 2
Cornet II 12.17
Mixture IV 19.22.26.29
Swell
Chimney Flute 8
Viola 8
Gemshorn 4
Principal 2
Pedal
Sub Bass 16
Swell to Great  
Swell to Pedal  
Great to Pedal  

On Ash Wednesday 1984 the first parish church and its organ were destroyed by fire. It was the fire of the year in North London. The organ was insured separately from the building, so that in 1993 the parish was able to commission a fine new instrument from us which was installed in time for the dedication of this striking new church. The opening recital was given by Jennifer Bate.

The organ is noted for its crisp, light, mechanical action, its clear bright sound and its brilliant Cornet stop. Placed centrally on a spacious west gallery the organ speaks clearly down the main axis of the building.

The organ is arranged vertically above the player in the best classical tradition with the Swell organ placed over the Great organ, while the Pedal organ is divided either side of the case. The metal pipes on the facade are from the Open Diapason stop on the Great organ.

The case is made from black stained ash and was designed by Richard Bower consulting with Inskip & Jenkins, of London, EC2, architects of the new building.

A note about Young's tuning: Devised by Thomas Young (1773-1829), this is a sixth comma well tempered irregular tuning. Intonation becomes poorer in major keys as the number of sharps or flats in the keys signature increases giving superb "key colour" such that C Major is regal, D Major is triumphal etc.

It treats sharp and flat keys equally. The major keys of C, D, E and F are very good. The minor keys have less 'flavour' than the major keys.