ORGAN OF THE MONTH 62: August 2007

St Agatha's, Sparkbrook
(Nicholson 1960,  Sheffield 1987)

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The present instrument dates from 1960 after a previous instrument by Norman & Beard (1901) was destroyed by fire.  Some ranks from that organ were saved and incorporated in the new instrument, together with pipework from the chapel of Oundle School.

The detached console in situated under the front arch of the South aisle (see left photo) and amongst its more unusual features are a separate cabinet behind the player containing switches to adjust the combination pistons and a voltmeter that originated in a Wellington bomber!

The organ benefits from the church's generous acoustic, and was heard to good effect at the July meeting of BOA (Fed up with the Wedding March...?) when members of council demonstrated alternative pieces suitable for use at weddings.


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