Pipe Organ

A new organ for St Peter’s

Oxford’s Bishop Steven dedicated our new Jennings organ at a special service on Sunday 11 December 2016. Read our press release here.

An Open Day was held on Saturday 11 February. Thirteen organists, ranging in age from a 12 year old Magdalen College School student to an 88 year old who regularly plays the organ at Blenheim Palace played our mechanical action, two manual and pedal, instrument. Comments included:

“a very satisfying organ – a delight to play; nice touch, fantastic craftsmanship” “lovely – first time on a real organ!” “a superb organ” “delightful instrument to explore” “a very nice and well-balanced organ – a pleasure to play” “very nice to play – fine selection of stops – a great organ for the church to have” “beautiful organ of the highest standard – a pleasure to play” “so seldom get to play a 2-manual – such a pleasure” “very beautiful organ, very easy keyboard to play.  Trumpet stop fabulous!” “very pleasurable experience, very comfortable, great action and possible sound combinations. Also visually impressive” “fantastic to see an instrument of this stature installed – a joy to play”

The Inaugural Recital will be given by David Bednall, leading choral composer, Organist of the University of Bristol and Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral, on Saturday 25 February 2017 at 7.30pm.

An organ is the mainstay of the music in our worship at St Peter’s. Our former pipe organ was 110 years old and had reached the end of its useful life.

It's here!

It’s here!

The commission

Dorset-based Robin Jennings has been building organs since 1989.  His elegant work may be seen in Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead and at St Mary’s Church, Streatley, Berkshire.  Instruments in private ownership include those commissioned by conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, on whose estate Robin has his workshop. The organ case is built from European oak, while the console is walnut.  Metal pipes, except those saved from our old organ, were made by Shires Organ Pipes Ltd in Leeds. The organ is fully mechanical and has two manuals and pedals. There are three couplers – Swell to Great, Great to Pedal and Swell to Pedal. Four adjustable combination pedals allow the organist to set his/her chosen registration. 

The stop list provides for the standard repertoire from Bach and Buxtehude, through C18th and early C19th English organ music to romantic works from C19th and C20th England, France and Germany, thus being suitable for services, concerts and teaching.

There are eight stops on the Swell, six on the Great and three on the Pedals. *= recycled pipework

Swell: Open Flute (Gedackt) 8, Gemshorn 8*, Principal 4*, Fifteenth 2*, Sesquialtera II, Trumpet 8*, Fagotto 16, Tremulant

Great: Open Diapason 8, Stopped Diapason 8, Principal 4, Chimney Flute 4, Fifteenth 2, Mixture III

Pedalboard: Bourdon 16*, Principal 8, Bass Flute 8

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Looks beautiful!

Fundraising

Thanks to the unwavering support of our congregation, we reached our goal in about 30 months. We gratefully acknowledge grants from the Stephen Clark 1957 Charitable Trust, Merton College and St John’s Colleges Oxford, the Pye Charitable Settlement, ON Organ Trust, AllChurches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, the Saddlers Company and the Williams Church Music Trust.