WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE two fine organs by English builder Noel Mander, a one-manual chamber organ (originally from St Luke’s Church) and a large three-manual.
The instrument from St Luke’s is built in the English 18th-century style, has eight speaking stops on three ranks of pipes, and is controlled by an electric action.
Christ Church’s organ was built in 1953, as an expansion of an earlier instrument by Lewis, which in turn incorporated work by Walker. It has thirty-three speaking stops, together with a large selection of couplers, and is tonally speaking in the English Romantic school of organ-building. It dominates the upper storey of the South Transept, with the detached console located opposite, in the west corner of the North Transept.
The Christ Church organ is in need of a lot of work to bring it back to its best. Our Organ Appeal provides for 2 possible outcomes
- We restore our historic instrument in straightforward ways so that it can lead worship for the next ten years. The intention is to do justice to what we have, not to make it a cathedral type instrument.
- We leave restoration for another generation of Islanders who have more means than we have currently to do the work. For our purposes we buy a digital organ (which will also have a ten year lifespan, in all probability)
We are exploring both these options with organ builders and with the London DAC Organ Adviser. If you would like to make a donation to the Organ Appeal, you can do so here: