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Johnson Chamber Organ [Back to Library]

Producer: Silver Octopus
Country: United Kingdom
Manuals: 1
Pedalboard: No
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This is a modern instrument built by the well respected Cambridge firm of Johnson. It is a typical box / continuo instrument with five stops and is situated in a tiny church in the middle of the Somerset countryside. Several identical and almost identical instruments can be found in a number of other locations including universities and cathedrals. The church is interesting in that the original footprint of the building remains showing a larger building. However, a fire destroyed much of the fabric and when the church was rebuilt, the original sacristy area was not rebuilt leaving the church shortened to its present size. The footprint of the original sacristy is still visible. The organ is adequate to accompany the small occasional congregations that attend in this remote village.

When the organ was first installed, only three stops were provided with the remaining stops prepared for. These were added some decades later so that the instrument is now complete. The quality of craftsmanship is typical of the firm and the materials used are of high quality with spotted metal and hardwood being used for the pipework. The tonal quality of the instrument is neither old English chamber organ or too modern European and therefore strikes a useful balance between the two schools.

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