Opus 66 (2013)

1m, 4 stop chest organ for Bexley Harpsichords Ltd, used extensively as a hire organ, mainly in the London area.

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Specification

Compass C - d'"
Gedackt 8' Oak and walnut
Nason Flute 4' Oak and walnut
Fifteenth 2' Maple, sycamore and walnut
Quinte 1 1/3' Maple, sycamore and walnut

Transposing keyboard to allow A at 392 hz, 415 hz, 440 hz, 460 hz.


A Year in the Life of Opus 66


Continuo or 'chest' organs are designed to be easily moved and transported. Our design allows the organ to be separated into two parts which, together with the organ bench (and piano wheels, if they are needed) can be loaded into an estate car.

The upper case contains the keyboard, stop and playing actions, soundboard and all pipes apart from the lowest three bass pipes of the 8' register. It also has fold-down lifting handles, allowing two people to easily lift the upper case from the lower case (there are no fixings or wind linkages etc to dismantle first!).

The lower case contains the blower motor, wind stabiliser and the lowest three bass pipes BB, C and C#.

Opus 66 was purchased by Bexley Harpsichords Ltd as a hire instrument for the London area and beyond. It has to earn its keep. After its inaugural concert on 28th May 2015 in The Church of St Edmund The King, London, it was off to a flying start and, in its first year, it fulfilled the following programme:


St Edmund's, London  Okuda/Foster inaugural concert

BBC R3 'In Tune'  London Handel Orchestra Handel arias (BBC Live)

Spitalfields Festival  City of London Sinfonia/Polyphony Dettingen Te Deum (BBC Live)

BBC R3 'Early Music Show' HMSC, Manchester Festival 17th c English (BBC Rec)

Wigmore Hall   Brook Street Band Bach cantatas (BBC Rec)

Pimlico   Dunedin Consort, rehearsal Monteverdi Vespers

BBC Proms   BBC Singers/AAM  Bach Magnificat (BBC Rec)

Christchurch, Bexleyheath Bexley Organists Association demonstration concert

St Edmund's, London  Okuda/Foster Bach, by arrangement

Southwark Cathedral  Florilegium Christmas Oratorio

St Michael's, Highgate Florilegium Telemann cantatas (BBC Rec for CD)

St John's, NW3  Bach Players/Moonen German cantatas

St George's, Bloomsbury Spiritato Zelenka concertos and Mass

St John's, Smith Square Spiritato Zelenka concertos and Mass

Bury Court, Farnham  Spiritato Zelenka concertos and Mass

St George's, Bloomsbury London Handel Festival/Cummings Ode for St Cecilia's Day

St Michael's, Battersea Pawel Siwczak Croft, Blow

Christchurch, Bexleyheath Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

St Paul's, Knightsbridge BBC Singers Latin-American music (BBC Rec)

Purley    Private Church service

ORNCC, Greenwich  Trinity Laban/Devine music by Gabrielis

St John's, Smith Square Amade Players Vivaldi Gloria

St John's, Smith Square La Nuova Musica Vivaldi Gloria

Corn Exchange, Ipswich Ipswich Choral Society Messiah

Cadogan Hall Ealing Choral Society Messiah

St John's, Smith Square London Baroque Choir Bach St Matthew Passion

BBC R3 'In Tune'  AAM  Bach arias (BBC Live)

Sheldonian Theatre  Oxford Bach Choir  Messiah

St Mary's, Ascot  Pergolesi Stabat Mater

BBC R3 'In Tune'  Red Priest (BBC Live)

St John's, Smith Square London Handel Festival Alexander Balus

Royal Festival Hall  The Bach Choir/Hill Bach Mass in B Minor

Tilford Bach Festival  RCM players/Butterfield  Bach cantatas

Tilford Bach Festival  London Handel Orchestra/Butterfield Bach Mass in B Minor

St John's, Smith Square London Handel Orchestra/Butterfield Bach Mass in B Minor


Quite a year!

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