A NEW ORGAN FOR OXFORD SJE ARTS
The new pipe organ for SJE Arts will enhance the musical life of the chapel and in turn form part of the building’s rich heritage. It will be housed in the existing organ case designed by Bodley, the architect of the chapel. Other than that, the instrument will be completely new.
Using mechanical action, low wind pressures and unforced voicing, it will be an organ that openly sings. And consequently, encourage the chapel’s first-class choir to do the same.
SOME TECHNICAL DETAILS
The organ will have two keyboards of 51 notes, and a pedal organ of 27 notes. The 16 individual stops will comprise a total of 843 pipes made from hand-cast alloys of tin and lead.
The console, the brains of the organ, will be situated in an open space directly below the pipes. In turn, its mechanical action will ensure sensitive control, sensitivity, stability and a clean, light touch at all times.
MAKE IT HAPPEN
All we need now is £250,000 to restore the Bodley Case, construct the organ and install it. So here are some ways you can help.