ORGAN OF THE MONTH 34: April 2005

St Mary & All Saints, Kidderminster
(William Hill & Son, 1874)

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Our "organ crawl" to Kidderminster earlier this year began with a visit to St Mary & All Saints, where the 1874 Hill has received attention from both Nicholson's and Rushworth & Dreaper, but has most recently been largely returned to Hill's original specification by Trevor Tipple.

Originally a West End instrument, it now occupies a chamber on the North side, with attractive lime-waxed casework. The detached console occupies a position in the South Aisle, from where the organ does not have the same impact as in the central Nave.  The Pedal Bourdon is particularly soft, because it actually belongs to the single manual Rushowrth & Dreaper in a side chapel.  The other (manual) stops of this organ form an Echo Division, within its own swell box, playable from the main console.


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Last modified: March 23, 2005