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Portfolio of rebuilds

St Andrew’s, Chesterton (2020)
2 manuals  37 stops

St Andrew’s, Chesterton

The organ is situated in a chamber on the north side of the church with arches facing into the chancel and north aisle. The original Bryceson organ in St. Andrew’s believed to date from 1860 was repositioned to its current location c.1900 by Hill & Son. Having received three further rebuilds, including tonal changes, by HNB in 1939,1961 and 1980 the instrument had lost its identity and with so many additions and alterations had become somewhat disjointed and tonally lacking clarity.

Various schemes had been put forward for a further rebuild in 2018, however, having played our recent rebuild at St Mark’s, Newnham the church decided to accept our scheme for a completely new organ, on direct electric action, using the best of the original pipes along with additional vintage ranks from our stock. The new specification was drawn up by their consultant Paul Hale. The new mobile, detached terraced console replaces the old HNB console.

Great pipes, split into two modules - Chorus (far) & Cornet
Great pipes, split into two modules - Chorus (far) & Cornet

The whole chamber was re-ordered, to improve tonal egress and access for tuning and maintenance. The Great pipes were re-distributed to open up the north aisle archway thus allowing the enlarged swell organ, housed in a new 50mm thick box, to speak out clearly. The original large horizontal swell shutter front was retained, but rotated through 90 degrees allowing the swell to speak both into the north aisle and chancel. The chancel arch was originally blanked off by a wall of 16ft Geigen Diapason pipes, which have now been repositioned. A marvellous new oak screen, with altar frontal cupboard below, has replaced the exposed Geigen pipes. The relocated Great Trumpet now sits behind this and sings out clearly into chancel and nave.

The organ was finished in time for Christmas 2020 and was heard for the first time during the wonderful virtual carol service streamed on YouTube.

Organ booklet

Read Paul Hale’s booklet about the organ as a downloadable pdf [1.28mb]


Open Diapason8
Geigen Diapason (B)8
Stopped Diapason*8
Mixture Ⅲ19.22.26
Trumpet (C)8
Swell Hautboy (E)8

Swell to Great


Lieblich Bourdon (D)16
Open Diapason8
Lieblich Gedacht (D)8
Echo Gamba8
Voix Celeste (t.c.)8
Mixture Ⅲ15.19.22
Bassoon (E)16
Hautboy (E)8
Vox Humana8
Great Trumpet (C)8

Great Cornet on Swell
Unison Off
Sub Octave


Harmonic Bass (A/D)32
Geigen Diapason (B)16
Sub Bass (A)16
Lieblich Bourdon (D)16
Geigen Principal (B)8
Bass Flute (A)8
Fifteenth (B)4
Mixture Ⅱ (B)19.22
Trombone (C)16
Bassoon (E)16
Trumpet (C)8

Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Great & Pedal Combinations Coupled
Generals on Swell Toe Pistons


6 thumb pistons to Great
6 thumb pistons to Swell
6 general thumb pistons
Reversible thumb pistons for Swell to Great, Swell to Pedal & Great to Pedal
1 setter thumb piston
1 general cancel thumb piston
Stepper advance & retard pistons
6 toe pistons to Pedal
6 toe pistons to Swell
Reversible toe pistons for Swell to Great, Great to Pedal
Stepper advance & retard toe pistons
* (Denotes stops within Great Cornet on Swell)

Swell bass pipes during construction
Swell bass pipes during construction
Pedal Bourdon & Trombone bass during construction
Pedal Bourdon & Trombone bass during construction

Other rebuilds

Little Coates, St Michael’s (2021)
rebuild of a two-manual Rushworth & Dreaper organ
Olton, Solihull, St Margaret’s (2021)
Rebuild and re-ordering of the three-manual instrument
Chesterton, St Andrew’s (2020)
rebuild of 2-manual instrument, with new direct action modular windchests
Shifnal, St Andrew’s (2020)
rebuild of a 2-manual England/Abbott & Smith organ
Melton Mowbray, St Mary’s (2018)
complete rebuild and re-ordering of the 3-manual Hill/Walker organ, including addition of pedal 32ft Contra Trombone and a 5-rank Great Cornet
Hartshill, Holy Trinity (2016)
Mansfield, St Mark’s (2014)
electrification of the 2-manual Brindley & Foster organ, including a new winding system and re-ordering to improve tonal egress
Southwell, Minster Song Room (2014)
Thurgarton, St Peter’s (2014)
Waltham, All Saints (2012)
rebuild and re-ordering of the two-manual 1905 Brindley & Foster organ on new direct electric modular soundboards
Wollaton, St Leonard’s (2012)
rebuild and enlargement of 2-manual Willis organ to 3 manuals
Ashbourne, St Oswald’s (2011)
rebuild of the 3-manual Hill organ, including an additional nave organ and tonal improvements
Carrington, St John the Evangelist (2009)
rebuild and relocation, from chancel to west end gallery, of the 2-manual Yates organ
Quorn, St Bartholomew’s United Church (2007)
rebuild of the 2-manual Taylor organ with organ chamber re-ordering to improve tonal egress
Bulwell, St Mary’s (2006)
rebuild and enlargement of a 2-manual Forster & Andrews organ to 3 manuals
Blackwell, St Werbergh’s (2004)
Deeping St James, Priory Church (2003)
Heath, All Saints (2003)
New Mills, St George’s (2003)
Brampton, St Thomas (2002)
Mapperley, St Jude’s (2002)
Thurgarton, St Peter’s (2002)
Stoney Middleton, St Martin’s (2001)
Mapperley, Mapperley Methodist Church (2000)
Alfreton, St Martin’s (1999)
Brimington, St Michael’s (1999)
Gedling, All Hallows (1999)
Arnold, Church of The Good Shepherd (1998)
Nottingham, Bramcote Crematorium Chapel (1998)
Sheffield, St Aidan’s (1997)
Tideswell, Tideswell Methodist Church (1997)
Riddings, St James (1996)
Chesterfield, Rose Hill United Reformed Church (1995)
Hathersage, St Michael’s (1995)
Arkley, St Peter’s (1994)
Frognal, St Andrew’s (1993)
Willingham, St Helen’s (1993)
Wellingore, All Saints (1992)