ORGAN OF THE MONTH 67: January 2008

St Philip's Cathedral, Colmore Row
(Nicholson, 1894, 1929, 1948, 1992)

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St Philip's Church was built in 1715, when Schwarbrick (a pupil of Renatus Harris) installed a two-manual organ on a West End gallery.  Several stops have survived from that instrument, including the smaller Great diapason chorus and Stopped Diapason, and also the Choir Open Diapason.  Nicholson & Co added a third manual in 1894 and, after the church's re-designation as cathedral of the new diocese of Birmingham, also added a fourth manual in 1929.

The last rebuild, also by Nicholson, was carried out in 1993, details of which are described by Director of Music (and BOA member) Marcus Huxley at: .

The bottom octave of the 32ft Sub Bass, otherwise derived from the 16ft Bourdon, is electronic.


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