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The Priory Organ

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Organ Restoration

Organ

The massive task of restoring the Priory's historic organ was completed in 2006.

The pipes of the organ are the secret of its sound. Hidden from view, they produce the wonderful array of colours that you hear. Flutes, diapasons, trumpets, clarinets and oboes all join together to excite the ear. The Priory Organ contains 4212 individual pipes, some made of wood, others of different types of metal. Each pipe produces only one note, and they range in length from a few inches to nearly 32 feet. During the organ's restoration, each pipe was removed and cleaned individually.

Many of the larger metal pipes were collapsing under their own weight, and others had become badly deformed, and some of the wooden pipes had splits in them; and the stoppers on many pipes were loose and required refitting. Many of the reed pipes needed new tongues to enable them to 'speak' properly. All these damaged pipes were taken to Nicholson's workshops in Malvern to be repaired.

All the cleaned and repaired pipes were reassembled on new soundboards, then every pipe had to be 'voiced' to make it 'speak' properly and blend with the rest of the instrument. Finally, every pipe was individually tuned by slightly manipulating its length.

Organ History

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First organ1789Nothing Known
Barrel Organ1834Robert Postill of York
Original organ1889Charles Anneessens
Restorations1909Abbott & Smith

1922Hill & Son, Norman & Beard

1949John Compton

1968Laycock & Bannister
Complete rebuild2004-2006Nicholson

Compass

manuals61 notes
pedals32 notes

Great Organ

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Double Open Diapason16 ft
*Bourdon16

Open Diapason I8

Open Diapason II8
*Open Diapason III8
*Violon8
*Flûte Harmonique8
*Bourdon8

Octave4
*Principal4
*Ocarina4

Octave Quint2 2/3
*Twelfth2 2/3

Super Octave2
*Piccolo2

Cornet V1.8.12.15.17

Fourniture III19.22.26

Sharp Mixture III26.29.33

Bombarde16

Trompette8

Clarion4
*
Tremulant
*=Stops on chancel soundboard

Swell Organ

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Lieblich Bourdon16 ft
Open Diapason8
Stopped Diapason8
Viola da Gamba8
Voix Célèste8T.C.
Geigen Principal4
Flûte Harmonique4
Fifteenth2
Sesquialtera II12.17
Mixture III15.19.22
Plein Jeu IV19.22.26.29
Double Basson16
Trompette8
Basson8
Hautboit8
Clairon4

Tremulant

Solo Organ

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Viole d'Orchestre8 ft
Viole Célèste8T.C.
Flûte Harmonique4
Clarinet8
Cor Anglais8
Voix Humaine8

Tremulant
Tromba (Pos.)8
Tuba Mirabilis8

Positive Organ

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Open Diapason8 ft
Gedackt8
Principal4
Koppelflöte4
Nazard2 2/3
Fifteenth2
Blockflöte2
Tierce1 3/5
Larigot1 1/3
Mixture IV22.26.29.33
Cromhorne8

Tremulant
Tromba8
Tromba Clarion4

Pedal Organ

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ADouble Grosse Flöte32 ft
BDouble Soubasse32

Open Diapason16
AGrosse Flöte16
BSoubasse16

Bourdon16

Principal8
AFlöte8
BFlûtebasse8

Fifteenth4
BFlûte4

Mixture IV19.22.26.29
CContra Tuba32
CTubasson16

Trombone16

Tromba (Pos.)8

Schalmei4

Couplers and Accessories

Couplers

Solo Octave | Solo Sub Octave | Solo Unison Off | Swell Octave | Swell Sub Octave | Swell Unison Off

Couplers with Pistons


GreatSwellSoloPositive
Swell*†
Solo*†*
Positive***
Pedal*†***
* Coupler with 1 reversible toe piston
† Coupler with 1 reversible thumb piston

Other Toe pistons

10 toe pistons to Pedal | 10 toe pistons for Swell Stops
1 reversible toe piston for each of:
Pedal Contra Tuba 32ft | Pedal Double Grosse Flöte 32ft | Pedal Soubasse 32ft

Thumb pistons for Stops

8 each for Positive and Solo Stops | 10 each for Great and Swell Stops

Other Accessories