Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My proposal for Canterbury Cathedral

This scheme is based on what is proposed for Canterbury Cathedral: a rebuild of the existing Willis organ in the Quire Triforium with the addition of casework and a fourth manual, a new four manual Nave Organ and the provision of an East-End Chorus.

The new Nave Organ is based on recent schemes adopted by Harrison & Harrison for new 40-50 stop installations in the USA. With regards to the fourth manual, given that this is a Nave Organ, I have opted for a Bombarde division rather than a Solo manual.

The entire scheme is based on the assumption that the contract is awarded to Harrison & Harrison. There are 3 reasons for this.

(1) Given that Canterbury have said they intend to recruit one organ builder to carry out both the rebuild of the Quire Organ and the building of a new Nave Organ, Harrisons are one of the few organ builders with the workforce capable of carrying out such an undertaking.

(2) Harrisons have demonstrated in recent years that they are capable of sympathetically rebuilding Willis organs, incorporating new material that blends in the with existing pipework. Examples I would cite include St David's Cathedral and the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.

(3) On a purely personal basis, as a long-time admirer of their work, I would like to see the Durham organ-builders be awarded this contract.

QUIRE ORGAN

PEDAL
Open Diapason 16
Violone 16
Bourdon 16
Octave 8
Flute 8
Superoctave 4
Open Flute 4
Mixture IV
Contra Posaune 32
Ophicleide 16
Fagotto 16
Posaune 8
Clarion 4

GREAT
Double Open Diapason 16
Open Diapason I 8
Open Diapason II 8
Claribel Flute 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Principal 4
Flute Harmonique 4
Twelfth 22/3
Fifteenth 2
Piccolo 2
Mixture IV
Fourniture IV-VI
Trombone 16
Trumpet 8
Clarion 4

SWELL
Double Diapason 16
Open Diapson 8
Lieblich Gedact 8
Salicional 8
Vox Angelica 8
Principal 4
Open Flute 4
Flageolet 2
Mixture III
Sharp Mixture V
Hautboy 8
Double Trumpet 16
Trumpet 8
Clarion 4

CHOIR
Stopped Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Principal 4
Chimney Flute 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Blockflute 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Larigot 1 1/3
Mixture IV
Cremona 8

SOLO (enclosed)
Viola 8 (new)
Viola Celeste 8 (new)
Flute harmonique 8 (new)
Concert Flute 4 (new)
Piccolo 2 (new)
Cor Anglais 16 (new)
Orchestral Oboe 8 (new)
Corno di Bassetto 8 (new)
French Horn (new)
Tuba 8 (unenclosed)
Tuba Clarion 4 (unenclosed)

EAST END ORGAN (former Nave division)
Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Octave 4
Superoctave 2
Pedal Subbass 16

NAVE ORGAN (all new)

PEDAL
Double Open Wood 32
Open Wood 16
Open Diapason 16
Sub Bass 16
Violone 16 (Great)
Lieblich Bourdon 16 (Swell)
Octave Wood 8
Principal 8
Bass Flute 8
Fifteenth 4
Flute 4
Mixture IV
Contra Bombarde 32
Bombarde 16
Trombone 16
Double Trumpet 16 (Swell)
Tromba 8
Clarion 4

GREAT
Violone 16
Open Diapason 8
Gamba 8
Harmonic Flute 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Principal 4
Concert Flute 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Seventeenth 1 3/5
Mixture IV
Trombone 16
Trumpet 8
Clarion 4

SWELL
Lieblich Bourdon 16
Geigen Principal 8
Lieblich Gedackt 8
Salicional 8
Voix CĂ©leste 8
Octave Geigen 4
Stopped Flute 4
Super Octave 2
Mixture IV
Oboe 8
Vox Humana 8
Double Trumpet 16
Cornopean 8
Clarion 4

CHOIR
Viola 8
Bourdon 8
Unda Maris 8
Principal 4
Open Flute 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Blockflute 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Larigot 1 1/3
Mixture IV
Cremona 8

BOMBARDE
Open Diapason 8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2
Mixture IV-VI
Grand Cornet V
Orchestral Trumpet 8
Contra Tuba 16
Tuba 8
Tuba Clarion 4
Trompette Militaire 8