The Scottish Federation of Organists




Redundant Organs

In these days of closing churches pipe organs become redundant even although the instuments themselves have plenty of life left in them.  Please look at the following details of those instruments that have been advised to us and consider if they might be given a home in your location.

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Airdrie, Broomknoll Church of Scotland

Following the closure of Airdrie Broomknoll Parish Church of Scotland upon it's union with Airdrie Flowerhill Parish Church to form Airdrie Cairnlea Parish Church within the former Flowerhill Church building the organ in Broomknoll Church is now redundant.  Broomknoll Church is thus closed and developers are negotiating to acquire the building and  convert it to flats.  Thus there is a degree of urgency about relocating this organ before the property transaction is finalised.

The availablity of the organ is also in process of being advertised by BIOS and on the Facebook page "Redundant Pipe Organs".

The organ is  a Blackett & Howden of 1903/4, 2 manuals and pedals 20 stops, moved within the church in 1922, overhauled by The J J Binns Tuning Company in 1959, rebuilt by Robert C Goldsmith in 1984 with electric action and overhauled by Forth Pipe Organs in 2004.  Since 2009 it has been maintained by Henry Willis & Sons Ltd.

Great: 16, 8, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2, 2.  Swell: 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 4, 2.  Pedal: 16, 16, 8.
7 Couplers; 4 thumb pistons to Great & Pedal; 4 toe pistons to Great & Pedal; 4 thumb pistons to Swell; Balanced Swell pedal; manuals = 61 notes; pedals = 30 notes,

It is obviously desirable that disposal of the organ be dealt with by the church rather than the developers and we are advised that the people dealing with this are keen to "do the right thing".

If you are interested in acquiring this organ and/or wish further details please contact Marjory MacDonald, Organist of the united charge of Airdrie Cairnlea Parish Church of Scotland on marjory.macdonald@tiscali.co.uk or 01236 762669.  A report on the instrument by Paul Miller is also available from her.

You may also contact Ms Judith Roebuck, Mission & Discipleship Council Committee on Church Art and Architecture, The Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN; 0131 225 5722 ext 2435 or jroebuck@churchofscotland.org.uk

Advice and requests for information may also be available from the author of Organs in Scotland: Mr Alan Buchan, The Manse, Newtonmore, Highlands, PH20 1DG, 01540 673238, alanbuchan@btinternet.com or the Convener of Organ Advice, Scottish Federation of Organists: Mr Matthew Hynes at organadvice@scotsorgan.org.uk

[Entry uploaded Monday 23rd July 2018; expanded with more information Wednesday 30th January 2019]

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Keithhall, Aberdeenshire

1907 Lawton of Aberdeen (ex-Wadsworth). One manual and pedal Manual: Sub Bass 16 (bass only), Open Diapason 8, Stop Diapason 8, Dulciana 8, Principal 4, Fifteenth 2. Pedal: Bourdon 16. Keys to Pedal. Key action mechanical. Pedal and 16 bass pneumatic. Measurements: 4 feet deep plus 3 for pedalboard, 8 feet wide plus maximum 3 for Bourdon pipes, 13 feet high. Manual key action in good condition, and bright clear sound. 16 stop requires modest restoration. 

Contact the property convener at Keithhall, Mrs. Pat Lawie thelawies@btinternet.com

Pictures available from publications@scotsorgan.org.uk

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Paisley, Saint James' Church of Scotland

Following the congregation's dissolution, Paisley Saint James' Church of Scotland is for sale.  As at 23rd July 2018 no time scale for the sale has been set but the schedule of sale states that the organ and organ angel may not be included in the purchase price.

[Photographs are viewable at http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/42951/COS_St_James_Church_Paisley_4p.qxp_Layout_1.pdf].

The organ is a "Father" Willis of 1884, 2 manuals and pedals 23 stops enlarged in 1903 by Willis II to 3 manuals and pedals 39 stops and rebuilt in 1967 by J W Walker as 2 manuals and pedals 36 stops.  At the time of the building's closure the organ was in working condition although recently it may have suffered from damp.

Specification: Great: 16, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2 2/3, 2, III, Tpt 8;  Swell: 8, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2, II, III, 16, 8, 8, 4;  Pedal: 16, 16, 16, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, IV, 16, 16, 8, 4.

If you are interested in acquiring this organ and/or wish further details please contact Ms Judith Roebuck, Mission & Discipleship Council Committee on Church Art and Architecture, The Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN; 0131 225 5722 ext 2435; jroebuck@churchofscotland.org.uk

Advice and requests for information may also be available from the author of Organs in Scotland: Mr Alan Buchan, The Manse, Newtonmore, Highlands, PH20 1DG, 01540 673238, alanbuchan@btinternoet.com or the Convener of Organ Advice, Scottish Federation of Organists: Mr Matthew Hynes at organadvice@scotsorgan.org.uk

[Entry uploaded Monday 23rd July 2018]

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