A generous donation from an Old Cranleighan has enabled the commissioning of a new three-manual pipe organ which takes pride of place in Cranleigh’s beautiful Chapel. The new instrument was designed and built by John Mander of London and installed in 2010 on a purpose-built gallery which has also provided additional seating. The organ has further enhanced the school’s enviable reputation for the strength and importance of its sacred music and congregational singing but has also enabled the development of an organ-teaching curriculum; all under the guidance and tuition of Philip Scriven, Organist in Residence.
The organ has been conceived and voiced to enable students to gain as musical an impression of the wide organ repertoire as possible. To this end the organ has some unusual features. The Mounted Cornet is of only four ranks. This allows any of the three 8ft stops to be added to make a full five rank cornet, but each of the stops added lends a different character to the cornet, depending on the repertoire being played. In addition, the lower end of the compass can be changed from tenor G to middle C by the organist at the console. The organ also has a coupling manual, the lowest of the three keyboards. This manual is permanently coupled to both the Great and Swell Organs. With appropriate registration, the instrument can be played as if it were a three manual organ. Finally, for playing the early repertoire, the concussions in the soundboards can be turned off, reproducing the wind characteristics of early instruments, enabling students to learn how to cope with such early instrument winding. As is usual for Mander instruments, the winding employs traditional reservoirs with concussions, which affords the instrument just a little natural life to the winding. The tremulants are of the Dom Bédos design. The key action is mechanical, the drawstop action electric with 999 levels of memory and a sequencer. The casework of the organ, is intended to complement the interior design of the Chapel, which has itself has been refurbished and returned to its original Gothic splendour.
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