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organ 174

December 2016

3 manuals
39 speaking stops

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St Barnabas




Norman & Beard, 1913
Hill, Norman & Beard, 1989
Henry Groves, 1995

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Across the road in Nottingham from last month's Organ of the Month in the Albert Hall is the Roman Catholic cathedral of St Barnabas, and this provided a second venue for the IAO's Midlands Organ Day 2016.

The building was consecrated in 1844, only 15 years after the Catholic Relief Act ended most restrictions on Catholicism in this country.  It is built in the Early English Plain Gothic style and the architect was Pugin.

The organ dates largely from the 1913 Norman & Beard instrument, but a small number of extra stops across all divisions and some upward extension of Pedal stops appeared as a result of the HN&B rebuild.  The Pedal reeds are a later addition: the Tromba and Clarion are borrowed from the Great while the Trombone and Contra Trombone are digital.

Robert Gower - arranger, compiler and editor of organ music anthologies for OUP and Novello - is the organist here.

You can listen to one of Robert Gower's seasonal OUP organ arrangements as December 16's Music of the Month.

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