The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Reginald Foort
London, Great Britain/United Kingdom

OHS Database ID 33186.


Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 21, 2016.


Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

5 manuals. 270 registers. 27 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

This is a portable instrument and can be moved in its entirety. Horseshoe style console. The console is movable.

Stop keys in horseshoe curves. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard.

Notes

  • Identified from factory documents and publications courtesy of Stephen Schnurr. (Database Manager. February 28, 2008)
  • Built in 1938 as touring organ for Reginald Foort of Great Britain. Organ was sold to the BBC, which acquired the former Jubilee Chapel (an unused Methodist church) in Hoxton (north London), for a new broadcasting studio; the organ remained there for almost 30 years. In 1963, the organ was sold to Dutch Radio Hilversum, largely at the behest of organist Cor Steyn, and installed in a church ("Tesselschadekerk") in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Cor Steyn died soon after the organ went on the air; due to a lack of suitable players, the organ remained silent for most of its time in Holland. In 1973, Peter Möller Daniels of M.P. Möller, inspected the organ for a prospective buyer, Preston M. (Sandy) Fleet, who wanted it for his Organ Power Pizza #2 restaurant in Pacific Beach, California. The organ was shipped to the Möller factory where it was refurbished. Several alterations were made: the Doppel Flute was replaced with a Brass Saxophone, while the original Saxophone was replaced by a French Horn; the Post Horn was extended down to 16' pitch, and the rebuilt console was refinished in white and gold. After installation in the restaurant, the organ was dedicated by Reginald Foort in November 1975. By 1979 the organ was for sale again. When the organ became available, Gordon Belt and J.B. Nethercutt purchased the organ and donated it to the city of Pasadena for installation in the Civic Auditorium. Dave Junchen and Steve Adams installed the organ over a period of nine months, spending much time re-regulating its pipes and tremulants toward a more theatre organ sound. Tom Hazelton played the dedication concert on April 23, 1980; Reginald Foort was in attendance, and was moved to tears. (Database Manager. June 21, 2016)

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Bibliography

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Photographs

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Console. Möller Promotional Photograph; collection of Jeff Scofield 1939-03-21

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Stoplist

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