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Portfolio of rebuilds

St Oswald’s, Ashbourne (2011)
3 manuals  47 stops

St Oswald’s, Ashbourne

The 1858 Hill organ forms the basis of this fine instrument, which was last rebuilt, with a new detached console, in 1955 by Hill, Norman & Beard Ltd. The main issue with the organ in its chancel position was getting enough volume into the distant nave.

Over the years, various expensive schemes—including a new west end section—had been discussed. With some careful re-ordering of the existing chamber, we were able to install a new Great Nave chorus division behind the west end display pipes and fit an extra set of west-facing shutters in the swell box. This has transformed the organ which no longer needs to force the sound into the church.

Read Paul Hale’s St Oswald’s organ article (pdf) in Organists’ Review, August 2006


Contra Viola 16
Open Diapason 1 8
Open Diapason 2 8
Gemshorn 8
Claribel Flute 8
Principal 4
Nason Flute 4
Twelfth 2⅔
Fifteenth 2
Mixture 19.22.26
Posaune 8
Tromba 8

Swell to Great
Choir to Great
Choir suboctave to Great

Great Nave Division

Open Diapason 8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2

Nave on


Stopped Diapason 8
Viole d’Orchestre 8
Wald Flute 4
Nazard 2⅔
Flageolet 2
Tierce 1⅗
Clarinet 8
Tromba 8

Choir octave
Choir unison off
Choir suboctave
Swell to Choir


Lieblich Bourdon 16
Open Diapason 8
Rohr Gedeckt 8
Salicional 8
Vox Angelica 8
Octave 4
Twelfth 2⅔
Fifteenth 2
Contra Fagotto 16
Trumpet 8
Horn 8
Oboe 8
Clarion 4

Swell octave
Swell unison off
Swell suboctave


Harmonic Sub Bass 32
Open Wood 16
Violone 16
Contra Viola 16
Bourdon 16
Octave Diapason 8
Bass Flute 8
Trombone 16
Contra Fagotto 16

Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
Great & Pedal combs coupled
Pedal octave (extra octave of pipes added on all ranks)

Other rebuilds

Little Coates, St Michael’s (2021)
rebuild of a two-manual Rushworth & Dreaper organ
Olton, Solihull, St Margaret’s (2021)
Rebuild and re-ordering of the three-manual instrument
Chesterton, St Andrew’s (2020)
rebuild of 2-manual instrument, with new direct action modular windchests
Shifnal, St Andrew’s (2020)
rebuild of a 2-manual England/Abbott & Smith organ
Melton Mowbray, St Mary’s (2018)
complete rebuild and re-ordering of the 3-manual Hill/Walker organ, including addition of pedal 32ft Contra Trombone and a 5-rank Great Cornet
Hartshill, Holy Trinity (2016)
Mansfield, St Mark’s (2014)
electrification of the 2-manual Brindley & Foster organ, including a new winding system and re-ordering to improve tonal egress
Southwell, Minster Song Room (2014)
Thurgarton, St Peter’s (2014)
Waltham, All Saints (2012)
rebuild and re-ordering of the two-manual 1905 Brindley & Foster organ on new direct electric modular soundboards
Wollaton, St Leonard’s (2012)
rebuild and enlargement of 2-manual Willis organ to 3 manuals
Ashbourne, St Oswald’s (2011)
rebuild of the 3-manual Hill organ, including an additional nave organ and tonal improvements
Carrington, St John the Evangelist (2009)
rebuild and relocation, from chancel to west end gallery, of the 2-manual Yates organ
Quorn, St Bartholomew’s United Church (2007)
rebuild of the 2-manual Taylor organ with organ chamber re-ordering to improve tonal egress
Bulwell, St Mary’s (2006)
rebuild and enlargement of a 2-manual Forster & Andrews organ to 3 manuals
Blackwell, St Werbergh’s (2004)
Deeping St James, Priory Church (2003)
Heath, All Saints (2003)
New Mills, St George’s (2003)
Brampton, St Thomas (2002)
Mapperley, St Jude’s (2002)
Thurgarton, St Peter’s (2002)
Stoney Middleton, St Martin’s (2001)
Mapperley, Mapperley Methodist Church (2000)
Alfreton, St Martin’s (1999)
Brimington, St Michael’s (1999)
Gedling, All Hallows (1999)
Arnold, Church of The Good Shepherd (1998)
Nottingham, Bramcote Crematorium Chapel (1998)
Sheffield, St Aidan’s (1997)
Tideswell, Tideswell Methodist Church (1997)
Riddings, St James (1996)
Chesterfield, Rose Hill United Reformed Church (1995)
Hathersage, St Michael’s (1995)
Arkley, St Peter’s (1994)
Frognal, St Andrew’s (1993)
Willingham, St Helen’s (1993)
Wellingore, All Saints (1992)