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I often play the organ in St. Andrew's Parish Church while I am back at home. The earliest recorded organ in the church was installed in 1799, and stood at the back of the church, as opposed to next to the chancel, where it now stands. It was not until 1870 that a new organ was installed in its present place. It was built by J.H. Harrison of Rochdale. This organ was then rebuilt 18 years later by Wilkinson's of Kendel. The last rebuild occured in 1971 by Jardines of Manchester, and was reduced from 3 manuels to 2!! The organ was recently cleaned by Rushworth & Draper of Liverpool for 30,000. The organ has 2 manuels, with 4 pistons per manuel. It also has 8 different combinations of these.

The registration of the organ is:-

Swell

Clarinet 8"; Oboe 8"; Cornopean 8"; Sesquialtra 3rks; Mixture 2rks; Fifteenth 2"; Principal 4"; Voix Celeste 8"; Salicional 8"; Gedact 8"; Open Diapason 8"; Bourdon 16"

Great

Trumpet 8"; Fifteenth 2"; Twelfth 2 2/3"; Flute 4"; Principal 4"; Hohl Flute 8"; Stop'd Diapason 8"; Dulciana 8"; Open Diapason Small 8"; Open Diapason Large 8"; Double Diapason 16"

Pedal

Trombone 16"; Flute Bass 8"; Violoncello 8"; Octave 8"; Quint 10 2/3"; Bourdon 16"; Open Diapason 16"

Couplers

Swell Tremulant; Swell Octave; Swell Unison Off; Swell Sub-Octave; Great + Pedal Pistons; Swell to Pedal; Swell to Great; Great to Pedal



The church where I am organist and choirmaster, is in a Liverpool suberb called 'Aigburth', and is situated on the corner of Aigburth Road and Dundonald Road. Naturally, it is called Aigburth Methodist Church. The organ is made by Binns, and has 3 manuals. It has 6 general pistons, and 4 pistons on each manual. Because of lack of funds, we cannot afford to repair the organ, but it is still a very fine instument.

The registration of the organ is:-

Swell

Cornopean 8"; Oboe 8"; Mixture 3 Ranks; Gemshore 4"; Vox Angelica 8"; Aeoline 8"; Rohr Flute 8"; Geigen Diapason 8"

Great

Trumpet 8"; Mixture 2 Ranks; Tierce 1 3/5; Fifteenth 2"; Harmonic Flute 4"; Principal 4"; Hohl Flute 8"; Open Diapason 1 8"; Open Diapason 2 8"; Bourdon 16"

Choir

Trumpet 8"; Clarinet 8"; Larigot 1 1/3; Block Flute 2"; Rohr Flute 4"; Gedackt 8"

Pedal

Trumpet 8"; Trombone 16"; Octave Flute 4"; Fifteenth 4"; Bass Flute 8"; Principal 8"; Bourdon 16"; Open Wood 16"; Harmonic Bourdon 32"

Couplers

Swell Octave; Swell Sub Octave; Swell Unison Off; Swell Tremaloe; Swell to Great; Choir to Great; Choir Octave; Choir Sub Octave; Choir Unison Off; Swell to Choir; Choir Tremaloe; Great to Pedal; Swell to Pedal; Choir to Pedal; Great + Pedal Combs


In my home I have a small reed organ built by Jardines of Manchester, and was orignally in a Roman Catholic Church. I don't use this organ much as the church is only five minutes walk away. My organ has 2 manuels, with a forte pedal and a pedal that puts all the stops on without having to pull any out.

The registration of the organ is:-

Swell

Fagott 8"; Dulcet 8"; Salicional 8"; Box Humana; Forte II; Angelica 2"

Great

Diapason 8"; Dulciana 8"; Trombone 16"; Principal 4"; Forte I

Pedal

Sub-Bass 16"; Bourdon 16"

Couplers

Great to Pedal; Swell to Pedal; Bass Coupler; Treble Coupler

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