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A NEW CHURCH ORGAN.

Ibis now some twelve months since the membfra of the Moray place Congregational Church sanctioned the purchase of a new organ with a greater number and variety of stops than the one lately in use. The old iastrument, for its size, was of a good quality of tone, but the organ was of too limited a character to give full scope in accompaniment and recital work. Accordingly a contract was entered into with Mr E. H. Jenkins, the well-known organ builder of Christchurch, who has had a wide experience both in London and on tha Continent, and who has already built organs for many churches throughout the colony. Mr Jenkins has now almost completed his contract, and the new instrument; is to be formally opened on Tuesday next with a recital in which part will be taken by Messrs Barth CKnox Church), Taylor (St. Paul's Cathedral), Timson (First Church), and Cooke (Congregational Church). Miss Milly Jacobs, Mr James Jago, and the church choir will also sing, and judging by a glance at the programme the entertainment to be provided should prove highly attractive. The following is a description and specification of the organ:—Great organ (compass, CO to G in alto, 56 notes): Open diapason, Bft, 56 pipes ; rohr flute, Bft, 56 pipes ; dulciana, Bft, 56 .pipes ; principal, 4ft, 56 pipes; wald flute, 4ft, 56 pipes; twelfth, 3ft, 50 pipes; fifteenth, 2ft, 56 pipes. Swell organ (compass, CC to G, 56 notes): Violin diapason, Bft, 56 pipes; hebheh gedacht, Bft, 50 pipes; 8 ft, 56 pipes; voix celeste, Bft, 44 pipes; oboe, Bft, 56 pipes; cornopean, Bft, 5Q pipes; gemshorn, 4ft, 50 pipes ; Hohl flute, 4ft, 56 pipes ; piccolo, <!ft, oO pipes. Pedal organ (compass, CCC to i, 30 notes): Open diapason, 16ft, 30 pipes ; Bourdon, 16ft, 30 pipes. Couplers • Swell to great, swell to pedals, great to pedals. Summary : Groat organ, 7 stops, d 92 pipes ; swell organ, 9 stops, 492 pipes : pedal organ, 2 stops, 60 pipes; couplers, 3; total, 21 stops, 944 pipes. Accessories : 3 composition pedals to great organ, 2 composition pedals to swell organ. The pedal board is made after the College of Organists pattern, concave and radiating sharps. The swell keyboard overlaps the lower manual by an inch and a-half, thus giving great facility in execution. The touch is light and elastic, the wind chest being supplied with an improved relief pallet, which counteracts the wind resistance when the organ is in use. The ivory plates on the stop knobs are embossed by the new endolithic process, thus rendering the lettering much more enduring than the old Btyle of engraving. The case of the organ is of Gothic design, a number of the pipes of the pedal, open, and Bourdon stops forming the upper part of the ends, whilst nineteen pipes of the open diapason and twelve of the dulciana on the great organ, symmetrically arranged and richly decorated in golden colors, form the two end towers and centre flat m front, and are divided by buttresses with carved finaks and ornamental brackets. Lhe decoration of the front pipes has b»en carried out by Mr David Scott, of this City, in his best style. The body of the coloring is cream, the lower half of the centre pipe! being painted a dark fawn color with Gothic pointed heads and stencilled in light colors and gold The lips of the pipes are in solid gold, the lower parts being in dark peacock green w:th gold and colored bands. The heads of the pipes are capped with a goldpointed ornament and broad bands of color the tower pipes being similarly treated, with the exception that the lower half has been painted a sage green, thus giving support to the central tier. The decorations, as a whole, are tasteful and in perfect harmony with the surroundings. The whole of the choir platform has been rearranged and extended the full width of the church, leaving a passage way on either side, and is now capable of seating a large body of singers. The old pulpit has been removed, and a new one of handsome design built by Messrs J. M'GiU and Son substituted.

The members of the Moray place Church are certainly to be congratulated on the enterprise which they have displayed in their endeavors to bring the appointments of their church up to date, and more so on the tact that the whole of the expense entailed! amounting to some £6OO, will have been met oy the time the organ is opened on Tneadav next, •

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A NEW CHURCH ORGAN., Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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A NEW CHURCH ORGAN. Issue 10423, 18 September 1897, Supplement

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