ORGAN OF THE MONTH 53: November 2006

St Nicholas, Warwick
(J J Binns, ????; Reeves & Merner 1972)

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A number of BOA members enjoyed a day out in Warwick town centre last month, so this is the first of three Warwick organs to feature as "Organ of the Month".

The church of St Nicholas, near to Warwick Castle, houses a large three-manual instrument originally built for a "non-conformist chapel" by the Leeds firm of J J Binns.  It was transferred to its present location by Reeves & Merner of Stoke-on-Trent in 1972, which is presumably when the Swell and Choir received the mutations.

Wind pressure, even for the fluework, was raised from its original 3 in wg to 514 in.  This certainly ensures that the organ is loud, especially so since the chancel was closed off (see left photo), but plans are being formulated for a restoration to return it to something more approaching the original sound as conceived by Binns.


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