Organ

A new two manual Eminent digital organ was installed in October 2007. The console and speaker system are at the East end of the South Aisle.  The new organ has 37 speaking stops and tremulants to both Swell and Great. The Great and Swell organs are under separate expression.

Organ Console

A conventional two manual pipe organ, built by Norman and Beard in 1916 was installed in 1967 by church members. Originally built for a London Church which was bombed, it was then acquired by Slough Methodist Church but never installed there. It was then sold to St. Mary's Church.  After taking expert advice from church organ specialists and diocesan advisors a decision to replace this instrument with a modern digital organ was taken as part of the Millenium II reordering and renovation project undertaken by the church in 2007.  Although a number were keen to see the existing instrument restored, it became clear after consultation that the cost to the church could not be justified on a third hand organ never originally designed for our church building.

Dan Price took some wonderful atmospheric photographs of the old organ console in 2007 just before it was dismantled.  We are grateful to him for permission to reproduce his photographs here.

 

Organ 2007

The old organ in the south transept - photograph by Dan Price 2007

 

Organ Console

The old organ console - photograph by Dan Price 2007

 


 

The full specification of the new organ is given below for those who may be interested,

Great Organ

Double Diapason 16
Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Principal 4
Flute 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Blockflute 2
Sesquialtera II Alterable Voice
Mixture IV
Orchestral Trumpet 8 Alterable Voice
Trumpet 8
Clarinet 8

Couplers

Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell Tremulant
Great Tremulant
Gt & Pd Pistons Coupled
Auto Pedal

Swell Organ

Open Diapason 8
Chimney Flute 8
Echo Gamba 8
Voix Celeste 8
Principal 4
Rohr Flute 4
Fifteenth 2
Larigot 1 1/3 Alterable Voice
Mixture III
Scharf III Alterable Voice
Contra Fagotto 16
Cornopean 8
Oboe 8
Clarion 4

Pistons

8 Pistons to Great
8 Pistons to Swell
8 General Pistons
3 Reversers
Set & Cancel Pistons
8 toe pistons duplicating generals
Stop sequencer system with 16 pages and 8 steps per page
Sequencer Advance thumb piston in Swell key slip

Audio

6 Audio channels
Full range speakers South wall

Pedal Organ

Contra Bourdon 32 Alterable Voice
Open Diapason 16
Subbass 16
Bourdon 16
Octave 8
Gedackt 8
Choral Bass 4
Flute 4
Trombone 16
Trumpet 8 Alterable Voice

 

Features

Two Expression Pedals
Alternative Voicing Programme
64-Stop Library
Alesis reverberation unit (characteristics selectable via keyboard commands)
Wind noise and wind robbing effects
Full MIDI interface
Multi LED display showing capture system status, library stop selection and sequencer function
12 different tuning Temperaments
Theatre Tremulant switch
Headphone socket
Transposer and fine tuning control
Two additional alterable-voice specifications controlled by pistons (German and French)
Five different tunings for celeste
14 speed and 8 depth variations for tremulants
Organ Console finished in dark oak