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Restoration of facade pipes for Georgian organ

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

Organ facade pipes ready for restoration
The facade pipes before restoration

Restored facade organ pipe
One of the restored facade pipes before repainting

We were invited by Rob Rowley of Goetze and Gwynn Organ Builders to restore these facade pipes for a one-manual Georgian organ in St John's Chapel, Chichester.

St John’s is a rare example of a proprietary chapel and the organ was built in 1813. Dismantled and rebuilt in 1970, the instrument is to be restored to its original form on a gallery.

We made resonators for a Trumpet 8' and Oboe, all copied from details of other work by England and a mixture is to be made, too. Odd pipes that have survived will be given as samples so we can faithfully copy them. Important and interesting work for our team

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