Ludlow, United Kingdom (Shropshire) – Church of Saint Laurence, Hoofdorgel

Foto: Chris Stafford © 2016

The large organ in the Church of Saint Laurence in Ludlow (Shropshire) was constructed in 1860 by Gray & Davison. The construction of the organ meant, as usual in England, the conversion and expansion of the existing organ. This instrument was supplied in 1764 by the famous organ maker John Snetzler, from whom large parts of the organ case and some ranks are still present. The Snetzler organ was expanded in 1837, probably by Joseph Walker, with a free pedal. In 1860, Gray & Davison moved the instrument to its current location. It was also completely rebuilt. In 1901, the Hill & Sons company renewed its action. A new console was also installed. A further revision by Walker & Sons followed in 1950. The current situation arose in 1982, when the Nicholson company carried out an extensive restoration. Some stops were installed in the following years. In 2006 Nicholson fitted the organ with a modern setzer system. The action is electro-pneumatic and the windchests are slider chests.

Dispositie:

Great Organ: C – g3 Contra Gamba 16′, Open Diapason 1 8′ – 1950, Open Diapason 2 8′ – 1883, Open Diapason 3 8′ – 1764/1837, Stopped Diapason 8′ – 1764, Principal 4′ – 1764, Wald Flute 4′ – 1883, Twelfth 2 2/3′ – 1764, Fifteenth 2′ – 1764, Tierce 1 3/5′ – 1999, Cornet 5 ranks (1.8.12.15.17) – 2006, Mixture 3 ranks (15.19.22) – 1764, Fourniture 3 ranks (22.26.29) – 1764, Trumpet 8′, Clarion 4′ – 1883.
Choir Organ: C – g3 Open Diapason 8′ – 1764, Stopped Diapason 8′ – 1764, Dulciana 8′ – 1837, Principal 4′ – 1764, Rohr Flute 4′ – 1764, Piccolo 2′, Corno di Bassetto 8′.
Swell Organ (enclosed): C – g3 Bourdon 16′, Open Diapason 8′ – 1764, Gemshorn 8′ – 1883, Stopped Diapason 8′ – 1764, Keraulophon 8′, Voix Celeste 8′ (TC) – 1883, Principal 4′ – 1837, Suabe Flute 4′ – 1883, Fifteenth 2′, Mixture 4 ranks (19.22.26.29) – 1982, Contra Fagotto 16′ – 1883, Cornopean 8′, Oboe 8′ – 1883, Vox Humana 8′ – 1883, Clarion 4′ – 1883, Tremulant.
Solo Organ (enclosed): C – g3 Harmonic Flute 8′, Viola da Gamba 8′ – 1985, Voix Celeste 8′ (TC) – 1985, Harmonic Flute 4′, Harmonic Piccolo 2′ – 1885, Orchestral Oboe 8′ – 1883; unenclosed, Tuba 8′.
Pedal Organ: C – f1 Sub Bass 32′ – 1998, Open Diapason 16′ – 1837, Violone 16′, Bourdon 16′, Principal 8′, Bass Flute 8′, Fifteenth 4′ – 1891, Mixture 2 ranks (19.22) – 1988, Trombone 16′.
Couplers: Choir to Great, Swell to Great, Solo to Great, Swell to Choir, Solo to Choir – 1999, Great to Pedal, Choir to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Solo to Pedal, Swell Octave, Solo Octave.