Portsmouth Cathedral - West Great Case 2001

Portsmouth Cathedral, Hampshire

Portsmouth Cathedral, which started as a parish church in the 12th century, has a very unusual layout. The building is a culmination of many years of construction and is defined as two separated parts – a quire where most services are held and a nave used for major celebrations and concerts. A tunnel under the organ gallery links these two parts.

The 1861 Nicholson organ was originally built for Manchester Cathedral with the first phase of renovation work carried out by Nicholson & Co in 1994. This phase of work involved the replacement of the structure, soundboards, action and wind system as well as a new console which was positioned en fenêtre within the 1718 Jordan case. The casework, which was in a poor state of repair, was restored by Nicholson craftsmen. The missing lower panelling was completed in solid English oak and the pipes and figures re-gilded in 24 carat English gold leaf.

Further work was carried out by Nicholson in 1996 for a new division to be built behind the restored organ, facing into the nave with the west stops playable from the existing console. The new pipework was installed behind a new case of imaginative and contemporary design.

In 2001 the new West Great division was added. The Nave division has now been designed and voiced to become partner of the greater instrument and the West Great blends superbly with the Swell and with the Pedal division (just behind the new division).

Specification

Great
Bourdon
Large Open Diapason
Small Open Diapason
Stopped Diapason
Gamba
Principal
Gemshorn
Harmonic Flute
Stopped Flute
Twelfth
Fifteenth
Tierce
Larigot
Full Mixture III 19.22.26
Mixture II 26.29
Trumpet
Clarion
Tremulant

Swell
Bourdon
Open Diapason
Stopped Diapason
Gamba
Celeste
Gemshorn
Stopped Flute
Fifteenth
Sesquialtera III 17.19.22
Double Trumpet
Cornopean
Oboe
Clarion
Tremulant

Couplers
Swell to Great
Choir to Great
Swell to Choir
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
West Great on

16
8
8
8
8
4
4
4
4
22/3
2
13/5
11/3
-
-
8
4



16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
-
16
8
8
4
Pedal
Subbass
Open Wood
Violone
Bourdon
Principal
Bass Flute
Fifteenth
Flute
Bombard
Trombone

Choir/Solo (enclosed)
Stopped Diapason
Clarabella
Viol di Gamba
Voix Celeste
Dulciana
Flute
Gamba Octave
Piccolo
Clarinet (unenclosed)
Solo Flute
Solo Ophicleide
Tremulant

West Great
Open Diapason
Stopped Diapason
Principal
Chimney Flute
Fifteenth
Mixture IV 15.19.22.26
Trumpet
Clarion
Cymbelstern

32
16
16
16
8
8
4
4
32
16


8
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
8
4
8



8
8
4
4
2
-
8
8