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 listGreat 1. Double Open Diapason16 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 rks10. Trumpet 811. Clarion 412. Corno di Bassetto 8Positive 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 810. Fanfare trumpet Tremulant Positive SuboctaveCouplers Swell to GreatSwell to PositivePositive to GreatPositive to PedalSwell to PedalGreat to PedalGreat and Pedal CombinationsCoupled
Swell1. Lieblich Bourdon16 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 rks10. Contra Fagotto1611. Cornopean 812. Oboe 813. Clarion 4 Tremulant Swell Suboctave Swell Octave Swell Unison Off Pedal 1. Double Open Diapason 32 (digital) 2. Open Diapason16 3. Violone16 4. Bourdon16 5. Principal 8 6. Bass Flute 8 7. Octave Flute 4 8. Contra Posaune 32 (digital) 9. Posaune1610. Contra Fagotto1611. Trumpet 812. Fanfare Trumpet 813. Clarion 4Accessories7 adjustable thumb pistons to Great7 adjustable thumb pistons to Positive7 adjustable thumb pistons to Swell7 toe pistons to Swell (duplicating)7 adjustable toe pistons to Pedal1 thumb reverser Swell to Great1 thumb reverser Great to Pedal1 thumb reverser Positive to Pedal1 toe reverser Great to Pedal1 toe reverser Swell to Great7 thumb pistons, toe pistons and +/-pistons for stepper memory system1 General Cancel thumb piston