The Chapel Organ

It seems somehow fated that an organ Kenneth Tickell was involved with renovating and re-installing during his first years in organ-building should have been the one whose replacement stood on the shop floor when he died suddenly. From his first position with Grant Degens and Bradbeer, he found himself working on Downing College's then organ in 1982.

Because of the restricted headroom and barrel vaulting of the Chapel ceiling, the proposal was for a case loosely in the style of Gottfried Silbermann whose organ cases in Saxony tended to favour this relatively wide and low shape and made a feature of gently rounded towers, a style he thought would suit the Downing Chapel well.

Specification

Great

Open Diapsaon

Stopped Diapason

Gamba

Principal

Fifteenth

Furniture IV

Tremulant

8

8

8

4

2

1 1/3

Swell

Gedackt

Salicional

Principal

Chimney Flute

Gemshorn

Sesquialtera II

Hautboy

Trumpet

Tremulant

8

8

4

4

2

2 2/3

8

8

 

Pedal

Sub Bass

Open Flute

Bassoon

16

8

16

Couplers

Swell to Great

Swell to Pedal

Great to Pedal

 

Tracker key action    
Electric stop action    
Slider soundboard    

 

David Lowe, Director of College and Chapel Music [email directorofmusic@dow.cam.ac.uk]  is always happy to meet prospective choral and organ scholars to discuss musical opportunities at Downing College.

 

Images

The completed organ in the Chapel; the original watercolour concept sketch by Kenneth Tickell; view of the Chapel interior by Tim Rawle.