St Michaels, Tenbury Wells - Front pipes before 2

St Michael & All Angels Church, Tenbury Wells

The College of St Michael and All Angels in Tenbury Wells was originally a boys choir school founded by Revd Dr Sir Frederick Gore Ouseley in 1856 in reaction to the decline of Anglican church music in the early Victorian period. Choral services were performed daily in term time and the college possessed a library that contained many rare books of international importance, including the manuscript of Handel’s Messiah. Unfortunately, financial difficulties forced its closure in 1985. The college buildings are now used as an international school which specialises in teaching non-English language students.

The school chapel is now the parish church for the surrounding village of Tenbury Wells and has a fine example of a Father Willis organ which was installed in 1873. The organ has remained virtually untouched with pneumatic action (including settable combination pistons with pneumatic switchboards) and mostly original pipework. During the twentieth century minor tonal changes to the Choir organ were made and some releathering was carried out. In recent years the soundboard action pneumatic power motors have become troublesome, having being patched several times over the years.

Nicholson & Co will be undertaking a partial renovation of this organ. It will be partly dismantled and the component parts requiring renovation will be transported to the factory. A second phase of the work will be carried out as church funds are secured.

Specification

Great
Double Diapason
Bourdon
Open Diapason I
Open Diapason II
Claribel Flute
Stopped Diapason
Principal I
Principal II
Flauto Traverso
Twelfth
Fifteenth
Fourniture III
Mixture II
Tromba
Clarion

Swell
Bourdon
Open Diapason
Lieblich Gedact
Salicional
Voix Celeste (TC)
Geigen Principal
Lieblich Flute
Flageolet
Mixture V
Contra Fagotto
Cornopean
Hautboy
Clarion

16
16
8
8
8
8
4
4
4
22/3
2
-
-
8
4


16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
-
16
8
8
4
Pedal
Contra Bourdon
Open Wood
Open Metal
Violone
Bourdon
Quint
Principal
Violincello
Fifteenth
Mixture V
Ophicleide
Clarion

Choir
Lieblich Gedact
Dulciana
Gemshorn
Lieblich Flute
Nazard
Piccolo
Tierce
Mixture III
Corno di Bassetto

Solo
Flute Harmonique
Viola da Gamba
Concert Flute
Clarinet
Orchestral Oboe
Tuba


32
16
16
16
16
102/3
8
8
4
-
16
8


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


8
8
4
8
8
8