Music in the Church

Stenton

The Opus 59 was installed into Stenton Church in May 2009 by Neil Richerby of Lammermuir pipe Organs.

The instrument was built by Roger Pulham in the early 1980’s for the Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea where it was used for Orchestral Masses.

The Organ was purchased by Rupert Gough to be used as a house Organ in his home in Wells.

In 2008 the organ was purchased from Rupert Gough and following permission from the Artistic Committee of the Church of Scotland, the organ was formed in the Laird’s gallery, being the most suitable acoustical location within the church.

Neil Richerby added a 16 foot bass pedal which gives a good depth of sound and increased the size of the bellows. The blower is housed in a cupboard at the rear of an adjacent room (Session room).

The instrument has a fine oak case with decorative carvings in gold leaf. It has seven stops, the upper three being divided, making it quite a versatile one-manual instrument. The flat pedal board is permanently coupled. The player sits behind the three-tiered case on a small plinth housing the bellows.

Specifications:-

Subbass pipe          16′

Bourdon                  8′ (Wood bass, metal chimney trebles)

Prestant                  4′

Flute                       4′ (wood bass, metal chimney trebles)

Doublette                2′ (treble)

2 (bass)

Largiot                    1 1/3′ (treble tapered)

11/3′ (bass)

Sifflet                      1′ (a principal treble)

1′ (bass)

Dimensions are 2.12m (H) x 2.00m (W) x 1.60m (D)

Acknowledgements

The installation of this organ was made possible by a Legacy from Miss Annie Smith; and then by a series of fundraising concerts and donations – a sum of over £12,000.

Assistance was given in the form of planning, joinery and electrical works by Church members Jimmy Milne, Hulme Bailey and Iain Govan.

Lynda Jeffrey

Organist at Stenton Kirk