Church Organ


Church organ fund boosted by two generous donations.

Church organists Syd Harrison and Fred Hemmer.

St. Paul’s church boasts an organ built in 1911 by the famous Leeds -based organ builders James Jepson Binns. However, fine tuning the veteran instrument costs hundreds of pounds a year, so constant fund raising is essential.
A concert featuring Musica Johannis was held at the church on September 14th. with a view to boosting the maintenance funding with proceeds from the concert. The concert itself was not particularly well attended, but, thanks to a promotion article in the Shields Gazette, two generous donations amounting to £1,100 enabled the concert proceeds to exceed all expectations.
Deputy church organist Fred Hemmer said ” The church organ was restored 16 years ago and £60,000 was raised towards the cost, with the help of grants. The organ needs to be tuned 2 or 3 times a year and that can cost between £200 and £300. The Binns organ cost £625 when it was installed in 1911 – equivelant to about £41,000 in today’s money. The organ had an electric blower installed in 1937. In 1997 the organ was rebuilt by Harrison and Harrison Ltd. of Durham at a cost of more than £50,000 “.
Mr. Hemmer is a member of the chamber choir Musica Johannis, who performed at the concert.

 

 
St Paul’s church organ.
The organ was built by J.J. Binns of Bramley near Leeds in 1911 at a cost of £625. The money was raised by public subscription. The organ which was originally hand-operated, was fitted with an electric blower in 1937. By the mid 1990s it was beginning to show its age and a rebuild became a priority. It was completely rebuilt in 1997 by Harrison and Harrison Ltd. of Durham at a cost of more than £50,000. This money was all raised by special fund raising efforts and by many gemerous donations from individuals and trusts. The present organists are Syd Harrison and Fred Hemmer with more than 50 years and 30 years service respectively.

 
THE ORGAN SPECIFICATION IS AS FOLLOWS :-                           

SWELL   GREAT  
Geigen Principal
Vox Angelica
Hohl Flute
Viol d’Orchestre
Celeste
8
8
8
8
8
Dulciana
Harmonic Flute
Leiblich Gedacht
No.1 Open Diapason
No.2 Open Diapason
8
4
8
8
8
Salicet
Cornopean
Oboe
Mixture 3 Ranks
Tremulant to Swell
4
8
8

Principal
Bourdon
Fifteenth
Trumpet
4
16
2
8
PEDAL
Octave Diapason
Flute Bass
Sub Bass
Open Diapason
Harmonic Bass

8
8
16
16
32
COUPLERS
Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Great Sub Octave
Swell to Great Octave
Swell Sub Octave
Swell Octave
 

There are 4 combination pistons for the Swell and 4 for the Great.
The action of the Organ is Tubular Pneumatic.