December was a busy month for Romsey OrganWorks with 4 organ rentals.
Royal Holloway College
The first was at Royal Holloway College. We supplied an orgue de chœur to compliment the Harrison & Harrison in the chapel for the Vidor double organ mass. We used the excellent St. Eucaire de Metz Cavaillé-Coll sample set. It only has 22 stops, but really packs a punch.
Royal Holloway College
Next was Newent Choral Society. They were doing a Britten-fest including Rejoice in the Lamb and the Jubilate. The Hereford Cathedral sample set was pressed into service. This was the first outing for our new subwoofer – a QSC KSub. It is very powerful!.
Newent Choral Society
Then came the WI Carol Concert at Cheltenham Town Hall. The fabulous Rushworth and Dreaper organ is unplayable and will be removed to make room for new dressing rooms. Again Hereford was used with over 3KW of audio. It was an incredible experience. 2 sell-out concerts with over 900 in attendance at each.
Below is a short clip of the National Anthem. It’s poor quality as it was taken with an iPhone from the rear balcony, but the organ can be heard.
Finally came Tewkesbury Abbey. Another double organ French mass, this time the Vierne Messe Solennelle. Again the St. Eucaire de Metz sample set was used to accompany the mighty Milton Organ. The acoustics were so good in the Abbey that we configured the samples fully-dry. The result was fantastic!
Romsey OrganWorks will be providing an instrument for a concert at Holy trinity Church, Gosport of the 19th May. The concert was supposed to feature the recently restored Handel Organ, details here, however the instrument won’t be playable in time.
Romsey OrganWorks was asked by The Prayer Book Society to supply an organ for a service of Solemn Eucharist at Tyntesfield. The small, recently restored chapel used to have a pipe organ but it was removed in the 1950s.
Preparation for the event started some months before. The National Trust staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. The main issue was finding a space to locate the instrument. Our portable 3 manual with pedal instrument needs an area approximately 4′ 6″ square. It was decided to remove 2 rows of chairs from the back of the chapel.
Organ in the chapel
On arrival we were faced with another challenge, access to the chapel was down a steep gravel path. Luckily our portable instrument completely dismantles.
The organist, David Bruce-Payne, acclimatised to the instrument very quickly. We spent some time voicing as the small volume of the chapel caused some low frequency booming.
David Bruce-Payne at the organ
The service went without a hitch – apart from incense setting off the fire alarm!