Organ

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.

Great

  • 1. Bourdon 16′
  • 2. Principal 8′
  • 3. Open-Flute 8′
  • 4. Octave 4′
  • 5. Harmonic Flute 4′
  • 6. Twelfth 22/3
  • 7. Octave 2′
  • 8. Mixture V
  • 9. Fagot 16′
  • 10. Trumpet 8′
  • 11. Tremolo
  • 12. Swell to Great
  • 13. Positiv to Great
  • 14. Great and Pedal Combinations coupled

Swell

  • 15. Rohrflute 8′
  • 16. Gamba 8′
  • 17. Celeste 8′ (Tenor C)
  • 18. Principal 4′
  • 19. Spitzflute 4′
  • 20. Octave 2′
  • 21. Mixture V
  • 22. Fagot 16′
  • 23. Oboe 8′
  • 24. Trompette 8′
  • 25. Clairon 4′
  • 26. Tremolo
  • 27. Swell Super Octave
  • 28. Swell Sub Octave
  • 29. Swell and Pedal Combinations coupled

Pedal

  • 30. Principal 16′
  • 31. Subbas 16′
  • 32. Quint 102/3
  • 33. Octave 8′
  • 34. Flute 8′
  • 35. Octave 4′
  • 36. Mixture III
  • 37. Contra-Fagot 32′
  • 38. Bombarde 16′
  • 39. Trumpet 8′
  • 40. Great to Pedal
  • 41. Swell to Pedal
  • 42. Positiv to Pedal

Positiv

  • 43. Gedackt 8′
  • 44. Principal 4′
  • 45. Kobbelflute 4′
  • 46. Blockflute 2′
  • 47. Nazard 22/3
  • 48. Tierce 13/5
  • 49. Scharf IV
  • 50. Cromorne 8′
  • 51. Tremolo
  • 52. Swell to Positiv
  • 53. Swell and Pedal Combinations coupled
  • 54. Zimbelstern
  • 55. General Pistons 1-6 to Swell Toe Pistons
  • 56. General Pistons 7-12 to Great Toe Pistons

Accessories

  • Six Swell Thumb and Toe Pistons
  • Six Great Thumb and Toe Pistons
  • Six Positiv Thumb Pistons
  • Twelve General Pistons
  • Sixty-four General Piston Memories
  • Sixteen Divisional Piston Memories

Reversible Thumb Pistons

  • Swell-Pedal
  • Great-Pedal
  • Positiv-Pedal
  • Swell-Great
  • Swell-Positiv
  • Swell-Pedal Combinations coupled
  • Great-Pedal Combinations coupled
  • Positiv-Pedal Combinations coupled

Reversible Toe Pistons

  • Great-Pedal
  • Tutti
  • Zimbelstern