|Stonegate & Mayfield
With this meeting a little
farther afield, in
St. Peters Church, Stonegate was built in 1904 and houses a 1907 organ by Cousans & Sons of Lincoln. Our member Malcolm Curtis kindly welcomed us and gave us a description of the organ, the church and its history. Interestingly, a previous Vicar of the church, 1941 to 1959, was a much accomplished poet and, in hymnbooks thoughtfully provided, Malcolm asked us to turn to the hymn, 486 A&MNS. The words were indeed by their past incumbent Rev. Andrew Young: Lord, by whose breath all souls and seeds are living with life that is and life that is to be, a harvest hymn set to the tune Stonegate, by Cyril V. Taylor. With encouragement from Malcolm at the organ, members brought words and music to life, singing all three verses.
The organ, with manual tracker action and pneumatic pedal action Great Organ 8 8 8 4 4, Swell Organ 8 8 8 4, Pedal Organ 16 with usual couplers sounded well in the church, the voicing having a delightfully clear singing quality. Malcolm demonstrated the organ with Sweelincks Mein junges Leben hat ein End and Prelude on the Welsh hymn tune Rhosymedre by R. Vaughan Williams.
our way in convoy by an intriguing country-lane route to
Mayfield, we parked our cars within the manicured grounds
|The organ is a visual delight of burnished fronts and a handsome oak case; this organ is indeed an aesthetic stunner. Tonally, it has a good number of beguiling individual voices and a specification that is impressive: Great Organ 16 8 8 8 4 4 22/3 2 2 13/5 1V 8, Swell Organ 8 8 8 4 4 2 11/3 111 16 8 8, Pedal Organ 16 16 8 8 4 16. However, general opinion suggested that stops did not fully coalesce when used in chorus. Also, the speech of the Pedal department sounded strangely enclosed and obscure. Nevertheless, Peter Collins gave us an illuminating demonstration of the organ with Nun Komm des Heiden Heiland by J. S. Bach, Berceuse by Vierne and then Bachs Wir glauben all BWV 680 which did show the organs colours to advantage.||
The Walker organ
The Convent doors
|A delicious tea of finely cut sandwiches
and cream cakes awaited us at
Mr. Collins had asked us to
remember Bachs Wir glauben all which
he had played on the
Mr. Collins also played: Lied by Vierne, Will O the Wisp by Nevin and Introduction Toccata by Choveux. This concluded an afternoon of great interest, and members warmly thanked Peter Collins for his instructive and entertaining demonstrations, all conveyed with an impish enthusiasm. We were also indebted to Malcolm Curtis who not only demonstrated the Stonegate Cousans & Sons organ but also had so thoughtfully and carefully arranged the afternoon for us.
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