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The Pipe Organ at Trinity - Its History & Specifications

The organ at Trinity dates from the opening of the building in 1980, but large amounts of the pipe work was recovered from the 1903 Alexander Young organ at Trinity’s previous church building. Additions to the organ since 1980, the majority of which were added in 1998, have been made from new spotted metal. The case was made to be in-keeping with the architecture of the building.

The organ pipe work sits on a central beam that bisects the main church space. The Great soundboard sits in front of the Swell Box and behind the uppermost pedal flues. The majority of the Pedal flue pipe work forms the sides and front of the organ case (the Pedal 8’ Principal forms the front of the organ case). The Great Solo Trumpet now occupies a new imperious position on a separate higher pressure wind chest high in the right hand side of the case immediately above the far right hand pedal pipe column, having been moved from the bowels of the organ in 2008.

The restoration work of 2007/2008 by Geoffrey Coffin of Principal Pipe Organs largely replaced the wind system which was increasingly unstable and set a new wind pressures. The organ now speaks with an excellent and coherent voice and its general versatility make it ideal for its primary role as choir, choral society and congregational accompaniment as well as a substantive instrument for recitals and voluntaries. The introduction of a new electronic piston/capture system has made managing the resources much more effective. The new thumb and toe pistons can clearly be seen on the picture of the console.

Following a very generous anonymous donation, significant hardware additions have been made to the organ during the Autumn of 2014 adding further to its capabilities and creating an instrument with a magnificent tonal quality and vocal range.  The work carried out by our maintainer, Principal Pipe Organs of York, included the addition of two stops, which completes the tonal scheme to the maximum possible extent, along with the associated upgrades and electrical changes.

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The organ was built in 1980 by Thomas Pendlebury and thoroughly overhauled by Principal Pipe Organs (York) in 2008 under the consultancy of Paul Hale (Southwell Minster).

A recital to celebrate the success of the work was given by Paul Hale on 24 October 2008 (www.paulhale.org)

SERVICE MUSIC AT TRINITY


The majority of service music at Trinity comes from the URC hymn book, ‘Rejoice & Sing’ and choral anthems (see Choir section) although other texts are sometimes used and service voluntaries at the close of services range right from 15th century compositions to music by living composers. The vast majority of services are accompanied by the organ with sometime contributions from a music group.

The specification for the organ is given below.
More information on the organ can be found at the National Pipe Organ Register entry:

http://www.npor.org.uk  National Pipe Organ Register Home Page

http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=R01590 (Trinity URC Organ)

THE PIPE ORGAN AT TRINITY


Compass of manuals CC-G (56 notes)

Compass of pedals CCC-F (30 notes)

Central balanced swell pedal; detached console, electric action


FURTHER DETAILS:


Blowing: 0.75kW Daminato (Italy) and Humidifier  

Accessories

Piston capture action by A.J. Taylor, 2 levels of memory
6 thumb pistons each to Great & Swell
Reversible thumb and toe pistons for Gt/Pd & Sw/Gt
Reversible thumb pistons for sw-pd and Trumpet
Setter piston
General Cancel thumb piston
8 general thumb and toe pistons

Wind Pressures & Mixture Compositions


Wind Pressures (all W.G.): Great 3.5", Swell 3.5", Pedal 4", Gt. Trumpet 4"


Great Mixture:- 1-24 19.22.26 25-36 15.19.22 37-48 12.15.19 49-56 8.12.15
Swell Mixture:- 1-24 19.22 25-46 15.19 47-56 12.15

Great Organ


Swell Organ


Pedal Organ


Open Diapason

8 ft

Rohr Flute

8 ft

Sub Bass

16 ft

Stopped Diapason

8

Salicional

8

Principal

8

Octave

4

Voix Celeste (C13)*

8

Bass Flute

8

Fifteenth

2

Gemshorn

4

Fifteenth

4

Mixture (19.22.26)

III

Flageolet

2

Choral Flute

4

Clarinet (C13)*

8

Tierce*

13/5

Bassoon

16

Trumpet*

8

Mixture (19.22)*

II

Great to Pedal


Sub Octave*


Cornopean

8

Swell to Pedal


Swell to Great


Tremulant






Sub Octave*




Key: * additions since 1980

SPECIFICATION OF THE ORGAN AT TRINITY URC, WIGAN - PRIOR TO THE UPGRADE WORK CARRIED OUT DURING THE AUTUMN OF 2014.

If you would like to know more about, or get involved, in music at Trinity, or have questions relating to the organ in particular, please email me at:

Read all about it - Trinity Pipe Organ Upgrade 2014