Wednesday 22 October 2008

Two sides of the same story

Yesterday the remaining pipes and soundboards were taken from the Swell department of the organ, marking the beginning of the last major stage of this huge restoration project. From the outside this side of the organ looks no different (see above). The 'pipes' on the outside are actually dummies; inside it is an empty shell. The parts have been taken to Liverpool for restoration at the Henry Willis & Sons workshop; updates may be seen here.

On the other side, the restored pipes are now being put back in place as work on this part of the organ nears completion. Here the external pipes are actually part of the organ, and will be replaced when the internal work is complete. There is then a 'settling-in' period to be observed and a fair amount of testing to be done, but the bulk of the work here is over.