Per information received to the OHS via email from the cathedral's Music Director Louise Mundinger, the cathedral has decided to place the A-S organ up for sale.
Her email states: "This week we decided to sell Opus 1207 to bring it to the next chapter in its life. The church acoustics have changed and the organ is simply too large for the space. It is a fine instrument, in need of TLC, and will be a welcome addition to a new congregation. There are lots of emotions surrounding Opus 1207 going as far back as E Power Biggs himself. "We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on March 05, 2020.
Updated by Jeffrey H. Smith, who has heard or played the organ.
This terse statement is pasted directly from the Cathedral's Website:
The Organ "The Aeolian-Skinner organ was dismantled during the Cathedral renovations and remains in storage while plans for its disposition are under way. Currently, music is provided by the Andover tracker organ located in the chancel."
Updated through online information from Francis King-Smith. -- I am the current Music Director at St Paul's. The Aeolian Skinner was not in the greatest of condition, however it is currently being taken apart and stored while the Cathedral is renovated. It is the idea of the designers during this renovation to install an elevator to the gallery where the organ console and pipework is housed. This will ruin the stereo image of the instrument for the organist, and quite possibly blur the image for the congregation.
A fantastic instrument that needs some money spent on it. The fact you can connect it with the Andover is truly fantastic.
Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Replaced 1921 three manual Hook & Hastings, #2440; case altered; unaltered tonally. Switching and combination action replaced with solid state. Now playable from Andover Opus 77.
Updated through online information from Douglas W. Craw.We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Identified through online information from Leonardo A. Ciampa. -- In 1976 Andover Organ Company added their Op. 77 to the chancel. The Andover is a tracker instrument, however the console is a hybrid, and is capable of simultaneously playing both instruments electro-pneumatically. Playing condition (as of 2007): a fair amount of dead notes, especially in the Choir. However, organ is used often for services and concerts.We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on March 05, 2020.
Center section of the exposed pipework: Builders promotional brochure, courtesy of James R. Stettner (ca. 1950).