ORGAN

2010 was the 200th anniversary of the St Thomas' Church organ and was marked by a series of events featuring the organ. A major restoration appeal is planned, following the final phase of the church's fabric appeal.

In 1810, a new organ was installed at St Thomas' Church, by a Mr England of London. It was inaugurated on 25th March in that year, by Mr Sims, organist of St Philip's Church (later the cathedral) in Birmingham. A choir from the Birmingham Oratorio Choral Society sang at the event. Over the years, it has been adapted, augmented and revoiced by a succession of organ builders, with the result that the present-day instrument lacks tonal unity and needs extensive work. In June 2010, with assistance from the Leche Trust, the organ keyboards were replaced, with the work being carried out by organ builder, Paul Daly. The piston capture system was renewed in 2013 by Nicholsons. 

The church also hosts a small one-stop chamber organ built by present Director of Music, Jon Payne. This instrument is used for the accompaniment of early music and plainsong. 

 

 

 

ORGAN SPECIFICATION

Builders
1913 - Nicholson & Lord 1972 - Nicholson 1983 - Canter 1994 - Canter

Couplers
Swell to Pedal 
Swell to Great 
Swell to Choir 
Swell octave to Great 
Swell sub-octave to Great 
Swell octave 
Swell sub-octave 
Choir to Great 
Choir to Pedal 
Choir octave 
Great to Pedal

8 divisional pistons to each manual. 6 pistons to pedal department. 
8 general pistons.
Capture system with 24 levels of divisional memory and 96 levels of general memory.

STOPS

Great

Double Open Diapason 16'
Open Diapason I 8'
Open Diapason II 8'
Hohl Flute 8'
Principal 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Twelfth 2 2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture IV 15.19.22.26
Mixture II 17.19
Trumpet 8'

Swell (enclosed)

Bourdon 16'
Open Diapason 8'
Rohr Flute 8'
Viole d'Orchestre 8'
Voix Celeste 8'
Flute 4'
Octave 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture III 15.19.22
Cornopean 8'
Oboe 8'
Tremulant

Choir (unenclosed)

Violin Diapason 8'
Lieblich Gedact 8'
Dulciana 8'
Lieblich Flute 4'
Nazard 2 2/3'
Flageolet 2'
Clarinet 8'

Pedal

Fifteenth 4'
Bass Flute 8'
Violoncello 8'
Principal 8'
Bourdon 16'
Violone 16'
Open Metal 16'
Open Wood 16'
Acoustic Bass 32'

CHAMBER ORGAN

8' Stopped Diapason, playable from a MIDI keyboard. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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