ORGAN OF THE MONTH 12: June 2003

St Mary's, Moseley (Henry Jones, 1887)
[rebuilt, with tonal changes, by Nicholson & Co, 1966]

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The second church of St Mary to feature here in as many months, Moseley Parish Church houses a historically important instrument by Henry Jones that is the subject of on-going restoration work, with support from Trevor Tipple of Worcester.

A number of ranks of original Henry Jones pipe-work, saved from a redundant 1885 Jones organ in Sevenoaks Methodist Church, have been used to restore stops that were lost in the 1966 rebuild, which (in keeping with the fashion of the time) replaced some registers with neo-Baroque features.  Original Jones pipe-work has now also been substituted for some of the ranks added in 1966.  This has vastly improved the tonal blend between the various sections.

There are plans to completely replace the ageing electrical systems.  A design has been drawn up for a proper case front for the portion above the console (see centre photo, above) incorporating case pipes from the Sevenoaks organ.

An illustrated booklet "The organs and organists of Moseley Parish Church" by Chris Kearl & Mick Perrier (seen on the music desk of the 1887 console photo, above) is available from the church.



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