December 2013

December was a busy month for Romsey OrganWorks with 4 organ rentals.

Royal Holloway College

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

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

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!

tewkesbury That’s it for 2013. Happy New Year!

 

Fareham Philharmonic Choir Concert

Some pictures of the Fareham Philharmonic Choir concert.

The picture below shows the Romsey OrganWorks 3 manual organ installed and ready to go in the Holy Trinity Church Gosport. In the background, the empty case of the ‘Handel’ organ is clearly visible.

This is the latest highly-portable design from ROW. It can be assembled in less than 30 minutes. 7 audio channels were used to fill fantastic acoustic.

Please contact us if you have a similar rental need.

Organ Installed

Organ Installed

Below is a picture of the rehearsal – Colin Davey conducting and Ian Richardson playing.

Rehearsal

FPC Rehearsal

The concert went very well. Congratulations to all!

Festal Evensong & Celebration of the ‘Handel’ Organ by the Bishop of Portsmouth

On SUNDAY May 20th – 6.00, The Bishop of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir will be celebrating Festal Evensong at the Holy Trinity Church Gosport.

The Handel Organ at the Holy Trinity Church Gosport

The Handel Organ at the Holy Trinity Church Gosport

The service was to bless the newly-restored organ, unfortunatlely it won’t be playable in time. Romsey OrganWorks will be providing a replacement instument.

The canticles will be Brewer in D and the anthem, Blessed by God and Father by S.S. Wesley.

We will be using Haverhill OIC Extended sample set configured specifically to suit the acoustic of the building.

Please come and support us!

Tyntesfield 15th April 2012

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.

Tyntesfield Chapel

Tyntesfield Chapel

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

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

David Bruce-Payne at the organ

The service went without a hitch – apart from incense setting off the fire alarm!