All Saints Clifton

Bristol – All Saints’ Church, Clifton

Following a devastating incendiary bomb attack in December 1940, all except the tower of All Saints’ Church was left in ruins. The rebuild was costly and not completed until 1967. Finished just in time for the reconsecration, the JW Walker organ was built in the same neo-classical style and same year as its larger sister in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral but differed in having mechanical key action. While it was exciting tonally and visually in keeping with the building, the experimental mechanical action and wind system were not a success.

After almost 50 years of use, a thorough rebuild by Nicholson & Co. in 2015 has included a completely redesigned mechanical action from keys through to soundboard pallets, a new all-electric stop action with a modern piston capture system, and a redesigned wind system with soundboard wind regulators. Now the organ’s full potential can at last be achieved while remaining true to the spirit of its time.

Specification

Manuals C to c4 (61 notes) – Pedals C to g1 (32 notes)
*new     #revoiced

Pedal Organ
Acoustic Bass
Principal
Salicional
Sub Bass
Octave
Bass Flute11/3
Choral Bass
Nachthorn
Mixture  15.19.2211/3
Bombarde #
Schalmei
  Positive to Pedal
  Great to Pedal
  Swell to Pedal

Positive Organ
Bourdon
Principal
Koppelflöte
Nazard 22/3
Blockflöte
Tierce 13/5
Larigot 11/3
Cymbel  26.29.33 #
Cremona *
  Tremulant
  Swell to Positive

32
16
16
16
8
8
4
2
III
16
4





8
4
4
22/3
2
13/5
11/3
III
8


Great Organ
Bourdon #
Principal
Stopped Diapason
Octave
Rohrflöte
Octave Quint11/3
Fifteenth #
Fourniture  19.22.26.29 #
Tierce11/3
Trumpet
  Positive to Great
  Swell to Great



Swell Organ (enclosed)
Open Diapason *
Gedeckt
Salicional
Voix Celeste  TC11/3
Principal
Venetian Flute11/3
Twenty-second11/3
Scharf  22.26.29.33
Basson *
Trumpet
  Tremulant

16
8
8
4
4
22/3
2
IV
13/5
8






8
8
8
8
4
4
2
IV
16
8

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