McEwan Hall organ

Robert Hope-Jones 1897; Henry Willis III 1953; Rushworth and Dreaper 1980, Forth Pipe Organs 2014

The organ in the McEwan Hall, the University's graduation hall, has had a chequered career.  It was originally built by Robert Hope-Jones, and distributed in various parts of the building since no space had been left for an organ when the hall was designed.  Hope-Jones's recently invented electric action united the organ's disparate sections, which were originally played from a console in the gallery.  A major rebuilding and redesigning project was undertaken by Willis in 1953 in consultation with University organist, Herrick Bunney; at that time a new movable detached console on the floor of the hall was installed and the instrument enlaged from 42 to 62 stops.  In 1980 Rushworth and Dreaper of Liverpool overhauled the organ, installing a new electropneumatic action, and in recent years further tonal changes have been made when Rushworth substituted some ranks from the old St Giles' organ.  The organ suffers to some extent from its scattered and eccentric layout, yet it can sound impressive in the majestic space of the remarkable hall, which was planned by Sir Rowland Anderson to a design inspired by the form of the ancient Greek theatre, and which incorporatees also many ideas from early Italian Renaissance architecture.  The hall is very reverberant, having a reverberation period when empty of just over six seconds.  By the mid 2000s the organ was beoming increasingly unreliable. Problems caused by ageing components and much exacerbated by chronic low humidity conbimed with high temeratures.  In former times the problem was not nearly so prevalent, since heating systems were not so efficient .  By this stage the organ was under the care of Forth Pipe Organs who were awarded the contract for the restoration and renovation of the organ in consultation with the University organist Dr John Kitchen and external consultant Roger Fisher.  The Willis III 1952 console has been beautifully resored and changed as little as possible, however the opportunity has been taken to add a modern combination action, with a stepper, giving more flexibility in setting the pistons.  Controversioally, perhaps, the unusual Willis III 'infinite speed and graduation' swell pedals have been retained and are now working smoothely and very responsively.

GREAT

Violon .. 16
Bourdon ... 16
Open diapason no. 1 ... 8
Open diapason no. 2 ... 8
Open diapason no. 3 ... 8
Stopped flute ... 8
Octave diapason ... 4
Principal ... 4
Stopped flute ,,, 4
Twelfth ... 2 2/3
Fifteenth ... 2
*Mixture (15: 19: 22: 26) ... IV
Contra tromba ... 16
Tromba ... 8
Clarion ... 4

CHOIR

Lieblich gedacki ... 8
Principal ... 4
Nason flute ... 4
Nazard ... 2 2/3
Flautino ... 2
Tierce ... 1 3/5
*Mixture (19: 22) ... II
 

SOLO

Violoncello ... 8
Rohr flute ... 8
Orchestral flute ... 4
Cor anglais ... 16
Corno di bassetto ... 8
Tuba ... 8 (unenclosed)

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Compass: manuals C-c5  61 notes;  Pedal CC-g1  32 notes
Willis's Full complement of couplers and other accessories has been enhanced in 2014 by a new multi-channel piston system with stepper.  There is also a playback facility.
Tremulants to swell, choir and solo organs
Eight general pistons; usual departmental pistons
Detached and mobile console
* denotes new stops

(Programme of the concert for the newly restored organ on 7 October 2014)

SWELL

Contra viola ... 16
Geigen diapason ... 8
Rohr flute ... 8
Viola da gamba ... 8
Voix celestes (Tenor C) .. 8
Fugara ... 4
Octave viola ... 4
Harmonic flute ... 4
Flageolet ... 2
Cornet mixture (12: 15: 17) ... III
Chorus mixture 15: 19: 22: 26: 29) ... V
Vox humana ... 8
Oboe ... 8
Waldhorn ... 16
*Double Trumpet ... 16
*Trumpet ... 8
*Clarion ... 4

PEDAL

Subbass (from 17 and 2) ... 32
Open bass (wood) ... 16
Contra bass (metal) ... 16
Violon (great) (from 1) ... 16
Bourdon (great) (from 2) ... 16
Viola (swell) (from 34) ... 16
Octave bass (from 18) ... 8
Viol ... 8
Flute (great bourdon) (from 2) ... 8
Fifteenth ... 4
Octave flute (gt. bourdon) (from 2) ... 4
Mixture (17: 19: 22) ... III
Contra posaune (from 29) ... 32 (Hope-Jones diaphone)
Posaune (ext.) ... 16 (Hope-Jones diaphone)
Contra tromba (great) (from 13) ... 16
*Double Trumpet (from 47)  ... 16
*Bass Tiba (new bottom octave) (partly from 62) ... 16
Tuba (solo) (from 62) ... 8

 

 

Concerts where instrument was used

Title Date Venue
Opening recital on the new McEwan Hall organ Monday, November 9, 1953 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 13, 1953 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 11, 1953 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 22, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Wednesday, January 27, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 5, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 26, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 5, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 12, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 15, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 22, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 29, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 5, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 12, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 19, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 10, 1954 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 21, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 28, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 4, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 11, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 18, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 14, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 28, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 4, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 18, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 25, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 2, 1955 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 13, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 20, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 3, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 24, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 12, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 19, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 26, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 2, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 9, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 16, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 23, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 30, 1956 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 11, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 25, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 8, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 15, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 22, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 1, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 8, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 11, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 18, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 1, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 8, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 15, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 22, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 29, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 6, 1957 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 10, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 17, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 24, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 31, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 14, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 28, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 17, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 24, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 31, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 7, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 14, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 21, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 28, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 5, 1958 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 9, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 16, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 23, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 30, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 6, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 13, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 20, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 27, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 6, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 23, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 30, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 6, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 13, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 20, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 27, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 4, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 11, 1959 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 22, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 29, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 19, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 4, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 11, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 21, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 28, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 4, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 11, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 18, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 2, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 9, 1960 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Tuesday, December 14, 1982 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 13, 1987 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 20, 1987 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 4, 1987 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 11, 1987 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 22, 1988 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 29, 1988 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 12, 1988 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 19, 1988 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 4, 1988 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 20, 1989 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 10, 1989 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 17, 1989 McEwan Hall
Reid Lunch-hour Concert Tuesday, November 21, 1989 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 1, 1989 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 26, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 9, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 16, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 23, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 2, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, April 27, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 12, 1990 Reid Concert Hall with Ahrend organ
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 19, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 9, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 30, 1990 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 25, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 15, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 1, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, April 26, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 18, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 1, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Wednesday, November 6, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 15, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 22, 1991 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 31, 1992 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 14, 1992 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 21, 1992 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 28, 1992 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 13, 1992 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 4, 1994 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 18, 1994 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 4, 1994 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 21, 1994 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 20, 1995 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 10, 1995 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 17, 1995 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, December 1, 1995 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 19, 1996 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 2, 1996 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 9, 1996 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 1, 1996 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 11, 1996 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 18, 1996 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 1, 1996 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 22, 1996 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 31, 1997 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 28, 1997 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 10, 1997 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 31, 1997 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 7, 1997 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 21, 1997 McEwan Hall
McEwan Hall Centenary Recital Friday, December 5, 1997 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 16, 1998 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 12, 2001 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 2, 2001 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 9, 2001 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 30, 2001 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 30, 2001 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 8, 2002 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 15, 2002 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 11, 2002 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 18, 2002 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 1, 2002 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Thursday, November 7, 2002 McEwan Hall
Reid Lunch-hour Concert Friday, November 29, 2002 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 17, 2003 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 14, 2003 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 10, 2003 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 17, 2003 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 24, 2003 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 31, 2003 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 14, 2003 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 30, 2004 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 6, 2004 McEwan Hall
Reid Lunch-hour Concert Friday, March 5, 2004 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 1, 2004 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 11, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 18, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Monday, February 21, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 25, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 7, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Lunch-hour Concert Friday, October 21, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 28, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 11, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 18, 2005 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 20, 2006 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 3, 2006 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 24, 2006 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 6, 2006 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 3, 2006 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 17, 2006 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 24, 2006 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 2, 2007 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 9, 2007 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 23, 2007 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 12, 2007 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 19, 2007 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 26, 2007 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 9, 2007 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 25, 2008 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 1, 2008 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 15, 2008 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 22, 2008 McEwan Hall
Inaugural recital on the restored McEwan Hall organ Tuesday, October 7, 2014 McEwan Hall
Reid Chamber Concert Friday, October 10, 2014 McEwan Hall
Reid Chamber Concert Friday, November 14, 2014 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 12, 2018 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 26, 2018 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, January 25, 2019 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, February 8, 2019 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, March 22, 2019 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, October 25, 2019 McEwan Hall
Reid Organ Recital Friday, November 1, 2019 McEwan Hall