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Skrabl to rebuild Brindley and Foster in Bakewell Parish Church

Skrabl to rebuild Brindley and Foster in Bakewell Parish Church Click image to enlarge

Bakewell Parish Church has confirmed acceptance of proposals by Skrabl for a comprehensive rebuild of its pipe organ. 

Direct-electric action will replace the electro-pneumatics and tonal changes will be confined to restoring the original specification.

The consultant to the scheme is Dr William McVicker, Organ Curator of London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Fund raising is underway and the work is likely to start next year.

The first instrument in All Saints' Church – which enjoys commanding views over the Peak District market town – was a barrel organ purchased in 1809. 

The first pipe organ, a two-manual, 13-stop 'finger organ' by J Lincoln was installed two years later on a west gallery. It was enlarged to three manuals and 22 stops in 1851 by William Hill.

This organ was superseded in 1883 by a new Brindley & Foster instrument. Subsequent work, by Jardine in 1954 and George Sixsmith in 1989, left the organ with 42 speaking stops.

The rebuild by Skrabl will be influenced by a close survey made of four and early Brindley and Foster organs around their home territory of Sheffield, in particular a similar instrument in St John's Church, Ranmoor.

Existing Specification:

Pedal
Open Diapason 16
Violone 16
Bourdon 16
Violoncello 8
Bass Flute 8
Choral Bass 4 (1989)
Sifflote 2  1989)
Trombone 16
Posaune 8  (Great)
Schalmey 4 (1989)

Choir
Viola 8
Lieblich Gedackt 8
Dulciana 8
Salicet 4
Flute 4
Nazard 2 2/3  (1989)
Piccolo 2
Tierce 1 3/5  (1989)
Clarinet 8
Tremulant
Posaune 8  (Great)

Great
Bourdon 16
Large Open Diapason 8
Small Open Diapason 8
Hohl Flute 8
Principal 4
Flute 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Mixture III 15.19.22
Posaune 8

Swell
Bourdon 16
Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Gamba 8
Voix Celeste 8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2
Larigot 1 1/3  (1989)
Mixture IV  12.15.19.22
Oboe 8
Contra Fagotto 16
Cornopean 8
Clarion 4
Tremulant