Halam, St Michael’s

2009: new 7-rank extension organ, utilising some old pipework, 2 manuals, 28 stops.

The previous organ in the church was a ‘Chancel Model C’, built by Bevington of London in about 1870-1880, and had been restored in 1981. The manual stops were: Bourdon, Open Diapason, Stopt Diapason, Claribel, Dulciana, Principal. The pedals were German.

We installed a new organ in November 2009, built to the designs of Alec Wells and Paul Hale, the Diocesan Organ Advisor. Taking up little more floor space than the previous 5-stop, 1-manual Bevington instrument, our layout and limited use of ‘extension’ (whereby some ranks of pipes are used at different pitches to create more stops) has 28 speaking stops drawn from 7 ranks and 1,049 pipes. One rank (F) is arranged to speak down the south aisle, creating a Nave chorus to boost the volume of organ tone in the chancel. Many pipes are new; some are vintage.

Open Diapason (D) 8
Nave Diapason (F/D) 8
Clarabella (G) 8
Swell Gedackt (A) 8
Principal 4
Nave Principal (F) 4
Open Flute (G) 4
Fifteenth 2
Nave Fifteenth (F) 2
Cornet 12.17
Mixture 22.26.29
Swell Trumpet (E) 8
Swell to Great
Swell suboctave to Great
Lieblich Gedackt (A) 8
Salicional (B) 8
Gemshorn (C) 4
Stopped Flute (A) 4
Nazard (A) 2 2/3
Fifteenth (C) 2
Mixture 19.22.26
Trumpet (E) 8
Clarion (E) 4
Violone (D) 16
Bourdon (G) 16
Principal (D) 8
Bass Flute (G) 8
Fifteenth (D) 4
Bass Trumpet (E) 16
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Great & Ped combs
6 thumb pistons to Great
6 thumb pistons to Swell
6 toe pistons to Pedal
6 general thumb pistons
reversible thumb piston Sw-Gt
reversible thumb piston Gt-Ped
reversible toe piston Sw-Gt
reversible toe piston Gt-Ped
200 piston memory levels
MIDI recording system