ORGAN OF THE MONTH 61: July 2007

St Michael's RC, Moor Street
(Banfield 1848, Sheffield 1976, Pickerill 1996)

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One of three instruments visited by BOA members earlier this year on the (Birmingham) City Centre Organ Crawl - look out for the others being featured during the coming months!  This Roman Catholic church was still in the middle of a weekly service when we arrived at 2.00pm on the Saturday afternoon.

Situated high on a gallery at the back of the church, this modest instrument benefits from the church's generous acoustic.  It has mechanical action and (see photo on right) the colour of the keys follows Baroque practice.

Amongst its more unusual features is the presence of a rotary switch above and to the left of the upper keyboard that varies the amount of "tremolo" when the Swell Tremulant is selected.  There is also no Sw/Pd coupler since, apart from the 16ft ranks, the Pedal Organ stops are borrowed from the Swell Organ.


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