New Organ for Chelsea Old Church – January 2018 Update
Since November, work has continued apace on the new organ for Chelsea Old Church that we’re building.
The engraved stop knobs, department and pedal piston markers have now arrived from P&S Organ Supplies. Effort was put into making the script as bold as it could be so that the stop names appear to fill the stop shields in an almost historic looking way despite the automated laser engraving method. The Brass pistons were machine engraved.
The construction of the keyboards from frames with guide pins to frames with keys with finely adjusted tolerances. The frames and keys are of quarter-sawn air-dried English oak. The keys are covered with Rhode Island cow-bone and ebony sharps.
The Trombone 16 foot of the Pedal Organ is a style copy of a Hill example of 1857. The lowest 22 notes of the Pedal Trombone have leather covered shallots in the Hill style. The photos show the shallots prior to being cut open.
Information about the project
Please see this post for details of the project including the specification of the organ.
Joost Joined William Drake Ltd in 1989 and has been a managing director since 2013. Prior to joining William Drake he studied woodworking and furniture making in Rotterdam. This College education included two apprenticeships with Dutch organ builders, Firma Flentrop and Henk van Eeken. Joost is a fully qualified organ builder specialising in tonal design and voicing. He is fortunate to have 25 years of experience as assistant and voicer, working closely with William Drake.