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The Three Manual Organ
At All Saints Oystermouth

2013 A CD recorded by three of the young organists at All Saints has been released. It features the playing of Daniel Rogers aged 20 (organ scholar 2009-2011), Sean Rees aged 19 (organ scholar 2011-2013) and Lucas Lewis-Smith aged 12. It is being sold for £5 and will raise money for the All Saints Music Endowment Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are three video slide-shows of Leslie Ryan playing the Conacher organ, followed by Daniel Rogers, organ scholar at All Saints 2009 -2011 playing the Toccata from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, and a selection of pieces played by Sean Rees ATCL, organ scholar 2011-2013

The first video slide show has been put together by artist Martin Williamson and he's called it 'Chapels and Churches of Wales and the Welsh Marches' using his own evocative paintings. The soundtrack  is Les Ryan's interpretation of Vaughan-Williams' hauntingly beautiful prelude on the Welsh hymn tune Rhosymedre. The final painting in the video is of All Saints.

 


 
Here is a selection of pieces recorded by
Sean Rees ATCL  organ scholar 2012-2013

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Rebuild 1998 of 1916 Conacher instrument

Percy Daniel and Co. Clevedon
Electro Pneumatic action
 
Great
Large Open Diapason  8
Small Open Diapason* 8
Clarabella* 8
Dulciana* 8
Principal* 4
Harmonic Flute 4
Fifteenth* 2
Mixture III 19.22.26
Trumpet 8
Clarion (ext) 4
Swell to Great
Choir to Great
 
 
Swell
Open Diapason*  8
Rohr Flöte  8
Viole d Orchestra 8
Voix Celeste (TC) 8
Gemshorn* 4
Fifteenth  2
Mixture III 15.19.22
Contra Clarinet 16
Cornopean* 8
Oboe*  8
Tremulant
 
Swell Octave
Swell Sub Octave
Swell Unison Off
 
Choir
Lieblich Gedacht  8
Principal  4
Nazard   2 2/3
Block Flote  2
Scharf  II  26.29
Trumpet (from Gt) 8
Swell to Choir
 
Pedal
Sub Bourdon+  32
Harmonic Bass  32
Open Diapason* (wood) 16
Violone+ 16
Bourdon*  16
Principal (metal) 8
Bass Flute (ext)  8
Fifteenth (ext) 4
Octave Flute (ext) 4
Contra Trombone+ 32
Trombone 16
Trumpet (ext from Gt) 8
Clarion (ext from Gt)  4
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
 
Six pistons to manuals
Eight general pistons
Great and Pedal pistons combined
Eight channels to manual pistons
Eight channels to general pistons
 
*original pipe ranks from Postill organ 1873
+new digital stops 2009 (Phoenix Organs)

Phoenix Organs in conjunction with Patrick Burns, our organ tuner and consultant, have incorporated three digital pedal stops - 32' Contra Trombone, 32' Sub Bourdon, 16' Violine.  These add great depth and definition to the organ bass line. A similar digital system is in Brecon Cathedral.  Click here for some images from Pastor Wolfram Neumann of the installation of one of the speakers.


Here is a selection of music played by Leslie Ryan. Click on the title to hear the music

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The first organ of two manuals and pedals was installed at All Saints in 1873 by the firm Postill of York. It was a gift of the Crawshay family and cost £590. Read more about this.  Many of the original pipes (*) are of such quality that they are still used today in the present organ. Abbott and Smith tonally altered and enlarged the organ in 1890 to a design by Thomas Camidge who was the organist at the time. There was a major rebuild and enlargement in 1916 by Peter Conacher. The instrument then contained 1,674 pipes. Mr David Price, organist at All Saints for over 30 years, supervised an overhaul and electrification in 1951 by Hill, Norman and Beard. J W Walker and Co. were given the task of renovating the instrument in 1972 at a cost of £3,204 when the enclosed Choir Organ was converted into a Positive Organ. In 1997-8 the organ was completely cleaned, rebuilt, renovated and improved by Daniel and Co. with a major grant from the Arts Council of Wales. The work was overseen by Mr. Chris Waring Davies, then Director of Music. The rebuild cost £103,000. It is now a very fine concert instrument with a wealth of sounds. A feature of the present organ is the voicing of the choir organ, which is designed as a Baroque Positive organ that not only provides an alternative chorus to the traditionally voiced Great and Swell, but in combination with them provides a thrilling, powerful and brilliant fortissimo.

In 2010, a purpose-built humidification plant was installed in the organ chamber by Watkins and Watson  Ltd, the specialist firm for pipe organ air movement. The organ will now be kept at a constant humidity around 55% to ensure that the instrument is not subjected to the wide fluctuations in humidity within the Church building.

2012. Our organ tuners Patrick Burns and Nicholas Adams will be engaged in revoicing several of the stops with the aim of making them speak at a higher dynamic level. The Trumpet rank will also be given a brighter timbre so that it becomes a true climactic reed to the full Great.


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