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Christchurch Priory 4/7

On 17 July 1999 a new pipe organ was dedicated and installed in the south transept. It is an extensive rebuild by Nicholson of Worcester of the previous organ, weighing around 20 tonnes, with nearly 4,000 pipes, some of which are from the original 1788 organ. The new organ cost in excess of £500,000, of which £373,000 was provided by the Arts Council from the National Lottery Fund.  I like the opening of the piece on the video, all played on the foot pedals, something of a master organist I think.

 

  

Christchurch Priory 4/7

On 17 July 1999 a new pipe organ was dedicated and installed in the south transept. It is an extensive rebuild by Nicholson of Worcester of the previous organ, weighing around 20 tonnes, with nearly 4,000 pipes, some of which are from the original 1788 organ. The new organ cost in excess of £500,000, of which £373,000 was provided by the Arts Council from the National Lottery Fund.  I like the opening of the piece on the video, all played on the foot pedals, something of a master organist I think.

 

  

comments (11)

Très bel orgue !
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Martine and it sounds good as well.
Such amazing instruments!
Yes the footwork is fancy!
Brian Walbey: I like hearing church organs although I don't enjoy some of the more serious organ music to be honest. When I was a choirboy, (a long time ago!) our Choirmaster gave me the opportunity to play the organ in our church, it isn't as easy as it looks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2020, 05:40
I'm sure it will last for centuries..
Brian Walbey: At the price they paid for it I would really hope so Chris.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Feb 2020, 05:49
Something about this image suggests "Industrial Strength"!
Brian Walbey: A good description Ray.
A magnificent instrument and the playing is superb!
Brian Walbey: I am not keen on some of the really heavy organ music but this is quite nice, it is certainly a fine instrument.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 13 Feb 2020, 08:33
People are often surprised at the number of pipes in an organ.
Brian Walbey: Some organs have upwards of a 1,000 or more pipes.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Feb 2020, 12:11
I visited Christchurch Priory some years ago - ther most wonderful music will be played on this organ. I recall that a brother of Maureen is living near Christchurch?
Brian Walbey: We were really surprised how magnificent it was inside. Maureen's brother Ken lives in Poole which is only a few miles away from Christchurch, indeed he worked in Christchurch until he retired a few years ago.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Feb 2020, 12:40
I've been to a lunchtime recital featuring the organ.I love the sound of it. What a cost, though.
Brian Walbey: It certainly sounds good in the video I found.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2020, 15:46
Some organ. Imagine nearly 4,000 pipes!
Brian Walbey: Goodness where they are all fitted in.
That's quite a restoration job!
Brian Walbey: Well worth it for the organ restoration company.
it does look rather sizable and neatly stacked, Brian. i enjoyed the video and noted the other gent was reading the notes and flipping the page.
Brian Walbey: A fine instrument Ayush. Usually if a soloist plays with music they have somebody to turn the music over for them.

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