St Marys PCC Eccleston

Restoration of Brindley & Foster Organ

To restore and rebuild the church organ. This will include modernisation and enhancement of the existing organ. The church has a rich liturgical tradition with a four part choir consisting of 16 people so maintaining a pipe organ is essential for regular worship and recitals.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Campaign target

£2,300

Amount raised

£5,425

Donations

23

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  • Having re-acquainted myself with the instrument... I am sure that some re-modelling of the specification is the right way forward. While you are gathering funds there will be plenty of time for discussion and planning.

    — David Brindle, Blackburn Diocese Organ Adviser

  • In addition to the development of the organ, the restorative elements would be pipes / soundboards only, as the actions, console and reservoirs will all be replaced.

    — Paul Hale, Accredited Member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers

  • The organ's innards have to be replaced, and, with the organ in pieces we have the one opportunity to make it an instrument that would attract another decent organist. That was very much why I so liked Paul's ideas - there is wasted space inside the casing and he saw how it could be improved.

    — Phil Parkinson, Director of Music Eccleston St Mary the Virgin

  • Having re-acquainted myself with the instrument... I am sure that some re-modelling of the specification is the right way forward. While you are gathering funds there will be plenty of time for discussion and planning.

    — David Brindle, Blackburn Diocese Organ Adviser

  • In addition to the development of the organ, the restorative elements would be pipes / soundboards only, as the actions, console and reservoirs will all be replaced.

    — Paul Hale, Accredited Member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers

  • The organ's innards have to be replaced, and, with the organ in pieces we have the one opportunity to make it an instrument that would attract another decent organist. That was very much why I so liked Paul's ideas - there is wasted space inside the casing and he saw how it could be improved.

    — Phil Parkinson, Director of Music Eccleston St Mary the Virgin

Situation

Due to the age of the organ it is beginning to fail with increased frequency. We wish to preserve the pipe organ as a traditional musical instrument in church but also recognise that the organ we currently have will probably become unplayable and beyond economic repair in a decade unless major work is undertaken within the next few years. Additionally we see the opportunity presented by a major rebuild and restoration to arrange the organ so it meets the needs of modern worship and liturgy

Solution

We will: -re-leather all pneumatic moving parts -strip off and re-leather the two reservoirs -tidy up and support sagging pneumatic tubing -repair the ends of the slider on the Great and Swell soundboards -re-leather the pedal chest -overhaul the stop action and the Swell pedal action and the composition pedal actions -overhaul the Swell shutters - restore the console, including the manual and pedal keys -replace the tuning slides and cork stoppers, leathered lips and repair tuning tongues