Organ

  • 1821  St. Mary’s opened in its original form.  There was no organ.  Singers and instrumentalists were situated on a gallery at the west end of the church.
  • 1871  The chancel was extended  and the gallery dismantled.  A  small organ by the local Bristol company W G Vowles was provided in the north east corner of the chancel.  The instrument was presented by the Misses Mirehouse following a fund-raising bazaar at the Zoological Gardens.  Subsequently this organ was enlarged by Vowles and placed in a bay on the north side of the chancel.
  • 1937/38  Vowles overhauled the organ and moved it to a purpose-built platform at the west end.  A detached console was provided behind the choir stalls on the north side of the chancel.  Despite some minor problems of coordination between choir and congregation this fine organ sounds to advantage from this position.
  • 1948  Hele of Plymouth carried out cleaning and revoicing.
  • 1984  The organ was cleaned and some remedial work undertaken by John Coulson.
  • 2009  Clevedon Organs (UK) Ltd took over the care of the organ.  During the next few years it became clear that a major overhaul of the instrument was overdue.  A formal appeal was launched in September 2018 and active fund-raising commenced.   
  • 2020  Anthony Hall and his team from Clevedon Organs (UK) Ltd started work on the instrument in June 2020. The work was completed at the end of November. The restored instrument was first used at the evening service on Sunday 6 December. It sounds and looks magnificent.
The organ at St Mary's
The organ at St Mary’s  (before restoration)

Specification

Great Swell Pedal Couplers
Open Diapason 8′ Open Diapason 8′ Gravitas 32′ Great to Pedal
Claribel Flute 8′ Stopped Diapason 8′ Open Diapason 16′ Swell to Pedal
Bell Gamba 8′ Viola Di Gamba 8′ Bourdon 16′ Swell to Great
Dulciana 8′ Viola Celeste 8′ Bass Flute 8′ Great Super Octave
Principal 4′ Gemshorn 4′ Bassoon 16′ Swell Sub Octave
Flute 4′ Flageolet 2′ Swell Unison off
Twelfth 223 Bassoon 16′ Swell Super Octave
Fifteenth 2′ Cornopean 8′ Tremulant
Clarinet 8′ Oboe 8′

Recordings

Click the player to hear a selection of music being played on the organ by Richard Morgan.