The Great Organ Fix
The Organ at All Saints’ is very important to the life and music of the Church, but it needs major repairs and upgrading. So we have been fundraising for ‘The Great Organ Fix’ – a full programme of works to enable our organ to inspire us for years to come.
The Organ Problem
The organ was built in 1959 by the firm N. P. Mander, using older pipework from a previous instrument. The organ is becoming unreliable and the day is fast approaching when the instrument will simply stop working. A major upgrade is required to allow the organ to continue to play its crucial role in the worshipping life of the church.
The work will be carried in three main phases:
Replacing old wiring and upgrading the console. This is essential to preserve a working instrument.
Cleaning of current pipe-work, replacing some operating parts, and installing new pipework into vacant slides to complete the organ to its original design.
Installing a new unit chest organ in the chancel to create a Choir Organ.
After a highly successful fundraising campaign, we received the required approval from the Diocese of Chelmsford (called a 'faculty'). Phase 1 will commence after Easter in 2021 with an overhaul and complete electrical upgrade of the console and new wiring up in the organ at the west end of the church. Later in 2021 phase 2 will be carried out including cleaning the organ at the west end and installing the additional stops. The final phase of manufacturing and fitting the new organ in the chancel will take place in the second half of 2022.