St Michael’s Southampton

The wheels of bureaucracy turn very slowly in the CofE!

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St Michael’s Church in Southampton has been using Hauptwerk for quite some time and whilst the sound has been acclaimed, the playing experience has not. A Johannus instrument was graciously donated by a parishioner,  however it’s basic MIDI implementation and near end-of-life electronics seriously compromised the playing experience.

We were contacted to provide a new console, which will have 4 manuals with a specification influenced by the console at Hereford Cathedral.

To tide the church over whilst the faculty gets approved, we installed our 2 manual BDO specification rental instrument.  As the church is in the French Quarter of Southampton, I decided to use the Cavaille-Coll St Eucaire sample set.

The church has magnificent acoustics and the instrument sounds excellent. If you are in the vicinity at 10:30 on a Sunday, pop in and listen to Eucharist sung by the fabulous Cantores Michaelis directed by Keith Davis.

Something of note, the instrument is powered by a Mac Mini and incorporates single switch startup and shutdown without and UPS or dirty shutdown. This technology won’t be made generally available, but will be incorporated into our future installations.

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