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Recital May 21st on the restored Bates pipe organ St Mary the Virgin Silchester


St Mary Silchester OrganOur managing director Jeremy Meager will be putting the newly restored Bates pipe organ at St Mary’s through its paces later this month at 7.30 pm on May 21st. As you see from the picture to the left this is a very pretty small 2 manual instrument believed to date from about 1770 and perhaps in 1840 moved by Bates & Sons of London to St Mary’s. While the history seems to be a little unclear you can see it is a charming instrument with a strong Georgian style to its design.

Jeremy’s programme will include works by Goss-Custard, Franck and Handel and he will conclude with the famous Toccata from Widor’s 5th Symphony. No mean feat for an organ of this age and range!

Refreshments will be served and entry is free but there will be a retiring collection for the organ restoration fund.


The organ specification is:-

Pedal Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high f1  Keys 30
1 Bourdon 16
Great Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high f3  Keys 54
2 Open Diapason 8
3 Stopped Diapason Bass 8
4 Clarabella Treble 8 TC
5 Viol di Gamba 8 TC
6 Principal 4
7 Flute 4
8 Fifteenth 2
9 Mixture III
10 Clarinet 8 TC
Swell Key action Tr  Stop action Me  Compass-low C  Compass-high f3  Keys 54 Enclosed
11 Open Diapason 8
12 Stopped Diapason 8
13 Salicional 8 TC
14 Principal 4
15 Cornopean 8
16 Oboe 8 TC

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I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.

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