The original 1885 two-manual Forster & Andrews organ had been rebuilt, modified and enlarged on numerous occasions, and was still inadequate for the large building. The church had new plans to enlarge it even further, until we suggested they visit Derby, and inspect the fine three-manual Lewis/Walker organ, which was looking for a new home.
Once the church’s organist, Dave Miller, and their consultant, Paul Hale, had tried the organ and agreed it would be ideal, the plans were set in motion, Faculties approved, and instrument installed.
The opening recital performed by Paul Hale, on March 14th 2020, to a large and enthusiastic audience proved to be very timely, only a week prior to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Read Paul Hale & Dave Miller’s booklet, The Organs of The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin & All Saints, Potters Bar , downloadable as a free pdf download [1.7mb]
Contra Salicional (B)16 Open Diapason 8 Lieblich Gedeckt8 Octave4 Waldflöte4 Twelfth2⅔ Super Octave2 Sesquialtera 12.17 Mixture 22.214.171.124 Trumpet (C)8
Contra Bass (digital)32 Open Wood (digital)16 Violone Bass16 Sub Bass (D)16 Salicional (B)16 Principal (E)8 Bass Flute (D)8 Fifteenth (E)4 Octave Flute (D)4 Recorder2 Mixture19.22 Contra Trombone (digital)32 Trombone (C)16 Fagotto (A)16 Trumpet (C)8 Horn (A)8 Zink (C)4
Swell to Pedal Great to Pedal Positive to Pedal Generals on Swell Toe Pistons Great & Pedal Combinations Coupled
Console Accessories Detached stop-key console with locking roll-top
6 thumb pistons to Great 6 thumb pistons to Swell 6 thumb pistons to Positive
1 reversible thumb piston for Great to Pedal 1 reversible thumb piston for Swell to Pedal 1 reversible thumb piston for Positive to Pedal 1 reversible thumb piston for Swell to Great 1 reversible thumb piston for Positive to Great 1 reversible thumb piston for Swell to Positive 6 general thumb pistons (1-3 in tenor of Swell key-slip, 4-6 in treble)
1 setter thumb piston 1 general cancel thumb piston
Stepper Advance thumb pistons in Swell and Great piston slips Stepper Retard thumb piston in Positive piston slip
6 toe pistons to Pedal 6 toe pistons to Swell 1 reversible toe piston for Great to Pedal Stepper Advance toe piston
Balanced swell pedal MIDI control box [added] in existing drawer Capture system control panel [added] in existing drawer Console lights Blower and light switches
from Dave Miller, Organist St. Mary’s, Potters Bar
We were very fortunate to have the services of Henry Groves and Son for our recent organ works. Originally called in to enlarge our existing instrument, Jonathan suggested rehoming a redundant instrument instead. This proved to be fortuitous as we now have a superb three manual TC Lewis / JW Walker instrument which is far superior to anything which could have been achieved with our original organ. One thing of particular note was Jonathan’s sympathetic use of the church – which still had to be used during the work: services and other church activities were carried out with the minimum of upset. The cost was very competitive. Jonathan and his team showed the highest level of professionalism and care and were a pleasure to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending Henry Groves and Son. 18th January 2021