Mander Organs Ltd have been appointed to rebuild our Walker Organ following a lengthy competitive tendering process. We were very impressed by the similar rebuilt organ at St Michael’s Church in Bishop Stortford which Manders completed in 2016 and expect that ours will sound just as good.
On Monday, the team from Mander Organs, John Mander and Michael Blighton, paid another visit to Waltham Abbey to start the process of finalising the specification. The organ console (below) is due for an overhaul with new pistons and pedal sweeps.
This picture illustrates some of the challenges in the organ gallery; very cramped access for tuning and cleaning caused by new sections being added on in the past. The rebuild allows us to start from scratch and have a lay-out design which optimises the use of space and makes access for maintenance much easier.
Here you can see one of the other problems which has contributed to the organ becoming unusable – running repairs using cloth ties to hold pipes in place.
So, while Manders get busy on the design, we have started work on preparing two faculty applications, one for the rebuild and one for a new façade to improve the appearance of the West of the church.