The Chapel Organ

In the late 1980s it became apparent that the mechanism of the organ was in need of major reconstruction and it was clear that the time had come for the organ to be dismantled completely so that thorough repairs might take place.

Following the appointment of a consultant in 1987 and a College committee, discussions took place about the future of the instrument.  An early decision was that the mechanical side of the organ needed to be renewed in its entirety. After careful consideration, it was decided to recommend a mechanical (tracker) action in which the connection between the keyboard and the valves admitting wind to the pipes is formed by a series of rods and levers. This produces a more sensitive keyboard touch than an electrical system and is more durable.

The tonal scheme was greatly influenced by the old organ. Though, in the event, much of the existing pipework had to be discarded because of its poor condition, the intention was to build an organ  broadly in the Hill style which would provide a wealth of accompanimental registrations for the choral services and yet be a flexible recital or practice instrument. Some of the old pipework has been kept (including the renowned trompeta real) and the stop list deliberately echoes that of the old organ.

The contract for the new organ was awarded to N. P. Mander Ltd of London. They began dismantling the old organ in January 1993, erection of the new instrument started in August of that year, and it was brought into use during the Lent Term 1994.

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