Home >> Organs >> Brentwood Cathedral Cathedral of St Mary & St Helen, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex         All material © 1999-2011 Brentwood Cathedral Music The Cathedral organ was built by the London firm of Alfred Hunter in 1881 for the church of St. Mary-at-the- Walls, Colchester. It was rebuilt by Hill, Norman and Beard in 1931, when the Twelfth and the Mixture on the Great Organ were replaced by Diapasons. The organist at this period was W.F.Kingdon, who had been appointed to St. Mary's from St. Lawrence Jewry in London. The choir organ was later enclosed in a swell box, which rather spoilt the tone, and was also muffled by the Bass pipes of the Double Open Diapason. Nevertheless, the organ sounded remarkably well in this church, its Hunter ancestry (the firm was noted for the high quality of its pipe- work) and the Hill, Norman and Beard finish giving it a rich Pleno with some charming soft stops. After the closure of the church in 1977, it became the property of the Redundant Churches' Fund and was subsequently reopened as an Arts Centre, the organ being used for recitals. Later, in need of complete rebuilding and restoration, it was offered as a gift to Brentwood's Catholic Cathedral by the Diocese of Chelmsford. In its present setting it has been totally rebuilt and enlarged. The splendid classical case was designed by the architect of the new Cathedral, Quinlan Terry. Viewed both from the east, looking down the nave of the old church, and from across the new building, the organ harmonises well with its surroundings. The organ builders, Daniel of Clevedon, have provided a three-manual scheme with a new unenclosed positive division. A three-rank Mixture has been restored to the Great organ, and the provision of two sets of independently controlled swell shutters facing east and north respectively provides a strong and versatile Swell division as a contrast to the Great. The addition of a Twelfth to the Swell organ makes a valuable contribution to the tonal variety of this division. The action is electro-pneumatic, and a full complement of registration aids (thumb and toe pistons) are adjustable by means of a new solid state capture system, with twelve levels of memory. The organ is a fine example of the English Romantic tradition, while being well suited to the performance of organ music of all periods. This is important as the instrument is used for very varied accompaniment purposes, as well as for recital and concert work. The organ has recently been thoroughly cleaned and refurbished through the generosity of the Brentwood Diocesan Cathedral and Choral Trust Fund. A new solo Fanfare Trumpet stop has been added together with tonal revisions to the positive completed by Percy Daniel & Co Ltd and Dr David Frostick. Stop list Great     1. Double Open Diapason 16   2. Open Diapason No.1   8   3. Open Diapason No.2   8   4. Clarabella   8   5. Dulciana   8   6. Principal   4   7. Harmonic Flute   4   8. Fifteenth   2   9. Mixture 19.22.26   3 rks 10. Trumpet   8 11. Clarion   4 12. Corno di Bassetto   8         Positive           1. Gedeckt   8   2. Principal   4   3. Nazard   2 2/3   4. Block Flute   2   5. Tierce   1 3/5   6. Sifflet   1   7. Sharp Mixture (22)26.29   3 rks   8. Corno di Bassetto   8   9. Trumpet   8 10. Fanfare trumpet       Tremulant       Positive Suboctave   Couplers     Swell to Great Swell to Positive Positive to Great Positive to Pedal Swell to Pedal Great to Pedal Great and Pedal Combinations Coupled Swell   1. Lieblich Bourdon 16   2. Geigen Principal   8   3. Lieblich Gedackt   8   4. Gamba   8   5. Voix Celeste T.C.   8   6. Flute   4   7. Geigen Principal   4   8. Fifteenth   2   9. Mixture 19.22   2 rks 10. Contra Fagotto 16 11. Cornopean   8 12. Oboe   8 13. Clarion   4      Tremulant      Swell Suboctave      Swell Octave      Swell Unison Off Pedal   1. Acoustic Bass 32   2. Open Diapason 16   3. Violone 16   4. Bourdon 16   5. Principal   8   6. Bass Flute   8   7. Octave Flute   4   8. Twenty-second   2   9. Posaune 16 10. Contra Fagotto 16 11. Trumpet   8 12. Fanfare Trumpet   8 13. Clarion   4 Accessories 7 adjustable thumb pistons to Great 6 adjustable thumb pistons to Positive 7 adjustable thumb pistons to Swell 7 toe pistons to Swell (duplicating) 7 adjustable toe pistons to Pedal 1 thumb reverser Swell to Great 1 thumb reverser Great to Pedal 1 toe reverser Great to Pedal 1 toe reverser Swell to Great 8 adjustable General thumb pistons 1 General Cancel thumb piston