Mander Organs Ltd have been appointed to rebuild our Walker Organ following an exhaustive 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, joined organ consultant William McVicker and key people on the organ committee to start the process of finalising the specification.
The organ console (below) is due for an overhaul, with an upgraded combination system and new pedal sweeps.
This picture illustrates some of the challenges in the organ gallery; very cramped access for tuning and routine maintenance, caused by new sections being added on in the past. The rebuild allows us to start from scratch with the layout and optimise the use of space to makes access for maintenance much easier.
As well as the pipes here being rather dusty, some of them are supported with cloth ties where the original soldered loops have failed.
So, while Manders get busy on the design, we have started work on preparing a two-stage faculty application, firstly to enable a contract to be signed and dismantling work to start, and then to approve the final design including a new façade to improve the appearance of the West of the church.