The Organs in St Mary’s

organs main 300pxwThe Forster and Andrews Organ was originally built for Blackfriars Congregational Church, Aberdeen, in 1876. However, it didn’t stay there for long – Wadsworth Bros (who by then had a branch at 38 Market Street, Aberdeen, with John Wardle as manager) were to transplant it to Skene Street Congregational Church in 1884, with some minor tonal adjustments. Before arriving at St Mary’s, the organ was to be moved once more, to John Knox Church, Mounthooly, by Rushworth and Dreaper in 1975, with further modifications. Finally, it was completely rebuilt for St Mary’s by A. F. Edmonstone of Perth, and consecrated for use here in May 2000. The stop-list is modest but versatile and the pipe-work of fine quality, its tone enhanced by the sympathetic acoustics of the building.

GREAT SWELL PEDAL
Open Diapason
Claribel Flute
Principal
Wald Flute
Twelfth
Fifteenth
Mixture
Trumpet
8
8
4
4
2 2/3
2
III ranks
8
Open Diapason
Lieblich Gedact
Viola
Voix Celestes
Principal
Principal
Sesquialtera
Tremulant
8
8
8
8
4
2
II ranks
(prepared for)
Open Diapason
Bourdon
Principal
16
16
8
COUPLERS
Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal

 

organs chamber 300pxqThe famous 1778 Samuel Green chamber organ in the side chapel was built for Sir William Gordon of Oyne, Aberdeenshire. It is of national historic importance and holds a Grade 1 listed Certificate from the British Institute of Organ Studies. The casework is thought to be by Chippendale. This beautiful little organ was gifted to St Mary’s after the church was bombed on 21 April 1943, when the chancel, crypt, sacristy and old organ were severely damaged, windows blown out, walls gaping. The donor was Sir William’s great-granddaughter, Mary L Leith, the organ given “to the glory of God and in memory of her mother” in 1946. It has been admired by many, including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells, who wrote two pieces especially for this instrument – Dalby’s Fancy and Dalby’s Toccata (1959). The organ continues to be played regularly.

LEFT SIDE RIGHT SIDE
Fifteenth (bass)
Principal (base)
Stopped Diapason (bass)
Open Diapason (from tenor c)
2
4
8
8
Fifteenth (treble)
Principal (treble)
Stopped Diapason (treble)
Swelling Hautboy (from middle C)
2
4
8
8
Pedal Operating “nag’s head swell for Hautboy
Pedal removing Principal and Fifteenth