ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the 2011-12 season of Salford University Lunchtime Organ Recitals. Once again I have the privilege of performing in the beautiful church of St. Philip’s on the wonderful Renn & Boston organ of 1829. I hope that these audience friendly programmes will contain a few new discoveries as well many old favourites and I look forward to meeting you at the performances. Jonathan

BELOW: WATCH A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE ORGAN


THE ORGAN OF ST. PHILIP'S, SALFORD
1829 Renn & Boston, Manchester

Samuel Renn was born in 1786 at Kedleston Hall near Derby, where his father was a coachman to Sir Nathaniel Curzon. In 1799 Samuel was sent to London as apprentice to his uncle, the organ builder James Davis. Renn soon became a highly skilled craftsman and he was appointed Davis' foreman at the age of 22.
In 1822 Renn took over Davis' business in London and in 1823 he moved to Stockport to work with John Boston. Technically and tonally Renn continued the tradition and methods established by James Davis in the 1790's and continued to build organs in the 18th Century style until his death in the 1845.

The Organ of St. Philip's Church, Salford was built in 1829 at a cost of £400 and was originally enclosed in the room at the west end of the church with only the façade visible. An interesting feature of the organ is its 'grand piano' console which allowed the organist not only to be sat at a distance from the pipes, but also to conduct the choir or other instrumentalists who could be situated on the surrounding staging. In 1873 the firm of Alexander Young & Co. moved the entire organ forward to its present position in the west gallery. This allowed the instrument to speak more clearly into the church and provide a parish hall in the space now available behind the organ. Young also added a tremulant, a Great T.C. Clarinet, a Pedal 16' Open Diapason, a Swell to Pedal coupler and replaced the Great twelfth with a T.C. 8' Dulciana.

The organ was subsequently cleaned and restored in 1915 by Wadsworth & Co and in 1963 by N.P. Mander of London. Mander's rebuild was sympathetic to the historical importance of the instrument and reversed some of the 1873 changes by Young bringing the organ closer to its original 1829 tonal state. A new tracker action and pedal board was made, the Great Clarinet was removed and the Great Dulciana was replaced by a Twelfth which is made up of Renn pipes from the dismantled 1843 organ of New Jerusalem Church, Peter Street, Manchester. The organ is universally regarded as the finest surviving example of Renn's work and is a rare example of British 19th Century organ building.

Samuel Renn Organ St. Philip's Salford

STOP LIST

Pedal Compass - C-e1 Keys 29

Open Diapason 16'
Bourdon 16' (added 1873, TP action)

Great Compass - C - f3 Keys 54

Open Diapason I8'
Open Diapason II 8'
Stopt Diapason 8'
Principal 4'
Flute 4'
Twelfth 2 2/3' (Second-Hand 1963: Renn pipes of 1843)
Fifteenth 2'
Sesquialtera III (17.19.22/12.15.17 mid c)
Trumpet 8'

Swell Compass- C - f3 Keys 54 Enclosed
Open Diapason 8' t.c.
Stopt Diapason 8' (permanent)
Principal 4' t.c.
Fifteenth 2' t.c.
Hautboy 8' t.c.
Cornopean 8' t.c.
Tremulant (added 1873)

Key & Stop Action
Mechanical throughout

Couplers
Swell to Pedal (added 1873)
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal

Accessories
4 composition lever pedals to Great
2 composition lever pedals to Swell
Ratchet Swell pedal

Further information
the Swell is in a TC box and the bass of Swell derives from the
unenclosed Stopt Bass which is permanently on.


BACK TO CONCERTS


Dates for 2012

Venue Address:
St. Philip with St. Stephen Church, Encombe Place, Salford M3 6BS


Concerts Start at 1pm
Tickets; £4.00 (£3.00 concs)

20th February 2012
TOCCATA!

The Toccata is one of the most enduring and thrilling genres in the organ repertoire, and today's programme demonstrates how composers from the 17th Century to the present day have continuously returned to the format in new and inventive ways.

Gaston Bélier (1863-1938)
Toccata

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Toccata in F BuxWV 157

Gordon Balch Nevin (1892-1943)
Toccata in d minor

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Toccata in a

Jon Kristian Fjellestad (b.1984)
Toccata

Jules Grison (1842-1896)
Toccata in F

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Fantasia and Toccata

Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)
Toccata (Douze Pièces)

Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
Toccata in b minor


19th March 2012
OLD & NEW

A selection of classic masterpieces are joined by the premiere of Tom Scott's Sesquialtera and we commemorate the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic in the poignant 'Memoriam' by Bonnet.

George Frederic Handel (1685-1759) arr. J.Scott
Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351
Overture

Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)
In Memoriam Titanic Op.10 No.1

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) arr. Roques
Arabesque No.1

Charles John Stanley 1712-1786
Voluntary VIII Op. 5 in d

Tom Scott
Sesquialtera (Premiere)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) arr. J. Scott
Serenade/“standchen” from Schwanengesang D.957

Hendrik Andriessen (1892-1981)
Sonate da Chiesa

Eric Satie (1866-1925)
Gymnopédie No.1

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Finale (Symphony No.1 Op. 14)

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St Philip's Church Salford Organ


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