Ashbourne, St Oswald’s

2011: rebuild of the 3-manual Hill organ, including an additional nave organ and tonal improvements, 47 stops.

The 1858 Hill organ forms the basis of this fine instrument, which was last rebuilt, with a new detached console, in 1955 by Hill, Norman & Beard Ltd. The main issue with the organ in its chancel position was getting enough volume into the distant nave.

Over the years, various expensive schemes (including a new west end section) had been discussed. With some careful re-ordering of the existing chamber, we were able to install a new Great Nave chorus division behind the west end display pipes and fit an extra set of west-facing shutters in the swell box. This has transformed the organ which no longer needs to force the sound into the church.

Paul Hale wrote this article about the St Oswald’s organ in Organists’ Review.

Contra Viola 16
Open Diapason 1 8
Open Diapason 2 8
Gemshorn 8
Claribel Flute 8
Principal 4
Nason Flute 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Mixture 19.22.26
Posaune 8
Tromba 8
Swell to Great
Choir to Great
Choir suboctave to Great
Great Nave Division
Open Diapason 8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2
Nave on
Lieblich Bourdon 16
Open Diapason 8
Rohr Gedeckt 8
Salicional 8
Vox Angelica 8
Octave 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Contra Fagotto 16
Trumpet 8
Horn 8
Oboe 8
Clarion 4
Swell octave
Swell unison off
Swell suboctave
Stopped Diapason 8
Viole d’Orchestre 8
Wald Flute 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Flageolet 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Clarinet 8
Tromba 8
Choir octave
Choir unison off
Choir suboctave
Swell to Choir
Harmonic Sub Bass 32
Open Wood 16
Violone 16
Contra Viola 16
Bourdon 16
Octave Diapason 8
Bass Flute 8
Trombone 16
Contra Fagotto 16
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
Great & Pedal combs coupled
Pedal octave (extra octave of pipes added on all ranks)