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Stockholm, Sweden – Sofia Church

Sofia Church in Stockholm was named after Sofia of Nassau, Queen of Sweden from 1872 to 1907. It is one of the major churches in Stockholm and was designed for an architectural contest in 1899 and inaugurated in 1906.

The existing organ was built in 1906 by the Swedish organ builder, Magnusson, and rebuilt by them in 1951. The 3-manual, 46 stop instrument is electro-pneumatic with Roosevelt chests.

The music department of Sofia Church currently has 12 choirs and approximately 400 singers who are regularly active in services and concerts. With its well-established English Organ-Choir tradition, the church was keen to find a renowned English organ building company to carry out the renovation.

In 2007, Nicholson was approached to provide a quotation for the renovation of the organ with existing and additional stops (total 58), new chests, soundboards and a complete new wind system. In addition, two consoles were to be constructed – one to be installed in the gallery and another which was to be mobile.

Following a site survey in November 2011, drawings were prepared for the new organ. Subsequently, four members of staff spent three weeks in Stockholm dismantling the current organ and packing pipes for transportation back to England. Work on the organ commenced in the workshop at the beginning of 2012 and the new organ was shipped to site for installation in late summer.

Installation and tonal finishing concluded early in 2013 and a week long programme of events was held in April to showcase the new organ.

Specification

Great
Borduna
Principal
Gamba
Borduna
Oktava
Spetsflöjt
Kvinta
Oktava
Cornet IV 8.12.15.17
Mixtur IV-V 19.22.26.29
Trumpet
Trumpet
Trumpet

Swell
Gedackt
Vox Retusa
Rörflöjt
Salicional
Voix Celeste (TC)
Principal
Flûte Octaviante
Nasard
Waldflöjt
Mixture IV 15.17.19.22
Fagott
Corno
Oboe
Clarion
Tremulant
Suboctav
Unison Off
Superoctav

Couplers
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Positif to Pedal
Great Octave to Pedal
Swell Octave to Pedal
Positif Octave to Pedal
Swell to Great
Swell Octave to Great
Swell Suboctave to Great
Positif to Great
Positif Octave to Great
Positif Suboctave to Great
Swell to Positif
Swell Octave to Positif
Swell Suboctave to Positif


16
8
8
8
8
4
4
22/3
2


16
8
4


16
8
8
8
8
4
4
22/3
2

16
8
8
4
Positif
Principal
Flûte Harmonique
Kvintadena
Dolce
Unda Maris (TC)
Gemshorn
Täckflöjt
Spetskvint
Nachthorn
Ters
Larigot
Mixtur III 22.26.29
Krumhorn
Vox Humana
Tremulant
Trompette Mirabilis
Suboctav
Unison Off
Superoctav

Pedal
Borduna
Violon
Subbas
Borduna
Ekobas
Oktava
Borduna
Oktava
Piccolo
Mixtur IV 12.15.19.22
Kontrabasun
Basun
Trumpet
Trumpet
Clarion

Variable Pedal Divide
Great on Pedal Solo
Swell on Pedal Solo
Positif on Pedal Solo


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

8
8

8





32
16
16
16
16
8
8
4
4

32
16
16
8
4

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