The Frobenius Organ in All Saints
The instrument, installed in 1988, was designed with three principal uses in mind: as a concert organ, as a continuo organ, and most of all as an organ totally suited to the accompaniment of Anglican choral services.
Frobenius has responded to the challenge by building an instrument of 39 speaking stops which has established itself as one of the finest organs in the country, sufficiently versatile to accommodate the Baroque, Romantic and modern repertoire while at the same time having the range of expression and subtle tone colours to accompany the traditional cathedral choral repertoire. The very beautiful flutes, characteristic of Frobenius instruments, are admirably suited to continuo work.
The versatility of the tonal design is matched by the comprehensiveness of the playing aids. Though the key action is tracker and the stop action electrical, all the other console controls – including sixty-four memories on all pistons – are electronic, thus embracing the best technology from every period of organ building.
The case is unpretentious (as befits its asymmetrical position) but has been subtly treated by the architect, Hugh Cawdron, to harmonise with the rest of the church and show off Frobenius’ pipework at its best. Surprisingly, the novel pipe patterns, a feature of Frobenius organs, were first conceived for functional not artistic reasons.
The console has been designed to the standard Royal College of Organists specifications, making it very accessible to organists who are accustomed to the traditional English organ.