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The Organ was originally built by Nigel Church for the
Catholic Cathedral in Newcastle upon Tyne thirty years ago. Mr.
Church has since retired from organ building but his company, Church
and Co, built some very fine instruments over the last quarter of the
20th century mainly in the north of the country though there is another
of his instruments in London at Friern Barnet.
recently received a substantial bequest to build a new and larger instrument
and loft to serve the needs of the Cathedral worship and so our organ
became available in April last year. After some discussion in the parish
and with the assent of the Archbishop we were allowed to bid for the
instrument and respond to the Cathedral's tight time frame for removal.
We won the bid in July and appointed Richard Bower as our organ
We wish to thank him and his team for their excellent
work in removing, transporting and rebuilding the instrument here in
Poplar. Given the right schedule we were under, the work went forward
without too many hitches.
However, the most awkward moment was
when we found out that on removal, the blower and wind reservoirs were
in a three foot pit under the organ! This created a problem for us here
as we could not dig a pit under it in the choir loft! Richard and his
team have redesigned and remodelled the winding creatively to avoid
The organ has also been installed now with equal
temperament rather than the Werkmeister III temperament it had before
as it was felt that such temperament would best suit the needs of the
church's liturgical music programme.
The organ is of two manuals
and pedals and 21 stops.
From the new position in the choir
loft the instrument sings out into the building making full use of the
generous four second acoustic of the Church. It is considered to be
a fine example of late 20th century English organ building in a fine
20th century Catholic church.
The voicing of the pipework is
very clear and direct, the action rather light and the specification
is highly versatile if not a little quirky! It will be a fine instrument
for liturgical and for recital use. The case is made of White Ash with
gold detailing and was designed by the architect Roger Pulham who has
kindly sent us a copy of his initial drawing of the case.
extract from the opening recital programme notes by Father