The Old Organ

The former organ at All Saints was built by Messrs Brindley & Foster of Sheffield in 1872 and located in the Lady Chapel (on the south side). Following extensive alterations in 1896 it lasted until the 1990s, and that despite being described as long ago as 1934 as ‘ridiculously out of date and … unworthy of the church’.

However, in 1937 Yates improved and electrified the organ which was moved to the north west corner of the Church, although the console was placed in the Trinity Chapel some distance to be near the choir. The organ was removed in 1994.

The New Organ

The new organ, which occupies the arch of the Trinity Chapel, was built by Kenneth Tickell of Northampton and installed in 1995. The case is made of solid English oak and is decorated by the Rutland coat-of-arms.

The Great Organ speaks through the west case into the nave, and consequently sounds louder there than at the console, and the pipework in the west case is from the Great Open Diapason (although the smallest pipes are dummies).

The Swell Organ is on the east side, and has two separate sets of shutters controlling the sound in nave and the Trinity chapel. The pipework in the east case is the Pedal Principal (which therefore sound disproportionately loud at the console), while the rest of the Pedal Organ is located on the north side of the organ.

In 2018 the piston system on the organ was upgraded.  Realising that the piston system was rather limited compared to more modern systems, the number of both general and divisional pistons was increased from 5 to 6. Also the number of multi level memories was increased to 96 for general pistons and 16 for divisional pistons. A stepper function with  ‘previous’ and ‘next’ pistons was also included.

Further details of the old organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register as surveyed in 1938 and 1984, and of the new organ surveyed in 2003.

Organ recitals take place on Bank Holiday Mondays at 11:15 am.

Specification of the current organ

Great Organ
Open Diapason – 8 – 70%/50% tin
Stopped Diapason – 8 – cedar
Dulciana (bass from St. Diapason) – 8 – 50% tin
Principal – 4 – 70%/50% tin
Fifteenth – 2 – 50% tin
Sesquialter 12, 17 (TC) – II – 50% tin
Mixture 19, 22, 26, 29 – IV – 50% tin
Trumpet – 8 – 50% tin
Swell to Great
Great & Pedal Pistons Coupled

Swell Organ
Chimney Flute – 8 – 20% tin
Salicional (bass from Chimney Flute) – 8 – 50% tin
Voix Celeste (TC) – 8 – 50% tin
Principal – 4 – 50% tin
Flute – 4 – 20% tin
Gemshorn – 2 – 50% tin
Mixture 26, 29, 33 – III – 50% tin
Cremona – 16 – 50% tin
Hautboy – 8 – 50% tin

Pedal Organ
Subbass – 16 – poplar
Principal – 8 – 70% tin
Trombone – 16 – zinc/50% tin
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal

Compasses & Accessories
Mechanical key and coupler action
Manuals: C-g 56 notes (coverings of bone with ebony sharps)
Pedals: C-f 30 notes (radiating and concave)
Electric stop and combination action
5 thumb pistons to each manual, Great and Swell
5 toe pistons to Pedal (to right of Swell pedals)
5 general thumb pistons (located at bass end of Swell keyslip), duplicated by toe pistons (to left of Swell pedals)
Reversible thumb pistons to: Sw to Gt, Sw to Ped, Gt to Ped
Reversible toe pistons to: Sw to Gt, Gt to Ped
Setter piston
General cancel piston
Capture system with 8 levels of memory for departmental and general pistons
Piston lock key
Switches for On, Off, Music Light, Pedal LIght
Signal lights for Choir (West end) and Vicar (Sacristy – to be installed)
CCTV monitor to view nave, above left-hand stop jamb
Audio monitor for PA system behind music desk
Two balanced Swell pedals to operate East (left) and West (right) Swell shutters separately
Drawstops of blackwood
Casework of solid English oak

Download organ information leaflet (pdf)