Recorded on May 19th 2002 at St Edmund's Church. St Edmund's Church Choir, Nora Wood - conductor, Mark Hammond - organ
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PETERHOUSE CHAPEL WINDOWS SUITE
On June 30th, on the occasion of the 2007 Peterhouse Society Annual Gathering, six former Petrean organ scholars gave the premiere of Barry Ferguson's "Peterhouse Chapel Windows Suite". Ferguson, former organist of Rochester Cathedral, was inspired by the Chapel's stained glass and wrote a ten-movement work. I was honoured to perform the second movement - "The Sacrifice of Isaac".
Pictured above (left to right): Andrew McIntyre (m1974), David Lee (m1953), Mark Rowland (m1999), Barry Ferguson (m1960), Mark Hammond (m1983), Tim Hone (m1976).
St Margaret's School Chapel - External view
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The organ was originally built in 1900 subsequent to the construction of the chapel. The builders were F H Browne & Sons of Deal, Kent. The instrument has been subsequently re-built twice, in 1968 by Peter Collins and in 1981 by Martin Renshaw. It is currently in need of some attention and it is hoped to re-build to coincide with the school's 250 years' anniversary which is being celebrated in 1999.
The action was originally tubular pneumatic which was replaced in the 1981 re-build by electric action connected to the original pneumatic action.
St Margaret's School Chapel - Organ Case
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Stopped Diapason (8')
Nineteenth (1.1/3') Swell to Great Swell Octave to Great Swell Sub-Octave to Great
Chimney Flute (8')
Open Flute (4')
Oboe (8') Swell Octave Swell Sub-Octave Unison Off
Bass Flute (8') Great to Pedal Swell to Pedal
St Margaret's School Chapel - Organ Console
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The case and much of the pipework date from Snetzler�s 1765 organ.
The instrument was last rebuilt in 1963 by Noel Mander
Unit chests electrically operated tracker action to manual soundboards.
Electro-pneumatic action to stops and accessories.
(* wholly or partly by Snetzler)
Open Diapason 8�*
Stopped Diapason 8�
Nason Flute 4�
Stopped Diapason 8�*
Great/Swell/Choir: 5 Thumb Pistons
Pedal/Swell: 5 Toe Pistons
G/P,S/G,C/P: Reversible Thumb Pistons
G/P,S/G,C/P: Reversible Toe Pistons
The account book for the building of the new Peterhouse chapel (1628-32) records that �140 was spent on an organ. It is not known who built it or precisely when it was installed, but it may be assumed that this organ played its part in the choral services which flourished in the chapel during the years preceding the Civil War and to which the surviving Peterhouse part-books bear witness. Evidently the instrument was dismantled soon after the War began and was stored in the college library. The Fellows eventually despaired of a return to the old pattern of worship and sold the organ to Mr Gregory Hardwick, a citizen of London. "Mr Peas" took the organ, together with "the remaining pipes of Our Hall Organ" to London and set it up there. When the prayer book was restored in 1660 the college attempted to recover the organ from Hardwick, and when he proved uncooperative, considered taking him to law. It is a measure of the college�s success that in 1666 the chapel was still without an organ. Shortly after this an instrument was purchased, and the accounts for 1666-7 record the first payments to an organist and a bellows blower. No details have emerged concerning this organ but annual payments for maintenance suggest that it may have survived until displaced by Snetzler�s organ.
John Snetzler built his new organ for Peterhouse in 1765: the case still bears the date and the name of the donor - Horatio Mann. It was a 2 manual instrument with nine stops on the Great (including a Mounted Cornet) and a second manual consisting of a combined Choir and Swell, each with 4 stops. Avery added a few unison (8�) Pedal Pipes in 1804 which sufficed until 1852, when William Hill replaced Avery�s work with a German Pedal board of 27 notes and complete rank of 16� open wood pipes.
Hill�s returned in 1894 to carry out a conservative rebuild retaining the "old black keys" and most of Snetzler�s pipes. The Swell was rebuilt on modern lines with a keyboard to itself, the compasses were reduced to C, and 2 further Pedal stops were added.