Maidenhead, St Mary’s

2018: 3 manuals with pipework by J W Walker and Rushworth & Dreaper, 42 stops.

At the heart of this new three-manual instrument is the pipework from a large, fine two-manual J W Walker organ built in 1932 for the Great Hall at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys, Leicester. This has been augmented with four well-matched ranks from a contemporaneous extension organ built by Rushworth & Dreaper for St Margaret’s church, Aspley, Nottingham in 1933 and now redundant; these R&D ranks make up most of the Pedal and Choir organs of the new instrument.

In addition, a few select ranks have been retained from the previous St Mary’s organ (most recently rebuilt by John Males in 1986) and suitably revoiced; the Choir Clarinet is former stock from the firm of the late Peter Collins.

Three digital ranks have been employed to add weight to the pedal division where space does not permit the necessary pipework, and some judicious extension / borrowing has been employed to increase the flexibility of the available ranks.

The new Renatus console

The action is direct electric throughout, with a mobile detached console made by Renatus, and control system by Musicom Systems.

Contra Salicional (B) 16
Open Diapason 1 (K) 8
Open Diapason 2 (D) 8
Wald Flute 8
Octave 4
Nason Flute (C) 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Mixture IV
Tromba* (E) 8
Swell to Great
Choir to Great
Geigen Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Echo Viol 8
Voix Celeste 8
Octave Geigen 4
Fifteenth 2
Mixture III 15.19.22
Contra Fagotto (F) 16
Trumpet (I) 8
Oboe (F) 8
Clarion (I) 4
Swell superoctave
Swell unison off
Swell suboctave
Lieblich Gedackt* (G) 8
Salicional* (H) 8
Stopped Flute* (G) 4
Salicet* (H) 4
Nazard* (G) 2 2/3
Fifteenth (L) 2
Flautina* (G) 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Clarinet 8
Tromba* (E) 8
Clarion* (E) 4
Choir suboctave
Great to Choir
Swell to Choir
Open Diapason (metal)* (A) 16
Bourdon* (G/C) 16
Contra Salicional (B) 16
Principal* (K) 8
Bass Flute* (G/C) 8
Fifteenth (D) 4
Mixture IV
Trombone* (E) 16
Contra Fagotto (F) 16
Tromba* (E) 8
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
Great & Ped Combs coupled
* Rushworth & Dreaper ranks.
With the exception of the Choir Clarinet, Choir Fifteenth, and Great and Pedal mixtures, all other ranks are by J W Walker
6 thumb pistons to Great, Swell & Choir
Reversible thumb pistons for Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Choir to Pedal, Swell to Great, Swell to Choir
8 General thumb pistons
General Cancel thumb piston
Setter thumb piston
3 Stepper Advance thumb pistons
Stepper Retard thumb piston
6 toe pistons to Pedal & Swell (or Generals 1-6)
Reversible toe piston for Great to Pedal
Reversible toe piston for Swell to Great
Reversible toe piston for 32ft flue
Reversible toe piston for 32ft reed
Stepper Advance & Retard toe pistons
Balanced swell pedal
Capture system with 200 levels of general memory and 9 levels of divisional memory
‘DNA’ Recording and playback system with tablet control