ST LAURENCE'S CHURCH
UPMINSTER, ESSEX, UK

Great
1
  Open Diapason
8
 
 
2
  Stopped Diapason
8
 
 
3
  Principal
4
 
 
4
  Spitzflute
4
 
 
5
  Nazard
2
 2/3
 
6
  Fifteenth
2
 
 
7
  Open Flute
2
 
 
8
  Tierce
1
 3/5
 
9
  Mixture
IV
 
 
10
  Trumpet
8
 
 
i
  Tremulant    
 
ii
  Swell to Great    
           
Swell
11
  Chimney Flute
8
 
 
12
  Viola
8
 
 
13
  Voix Celeste
8
 
 
14
  Principal
4
 
 
15
  Nason Flute
4
 
 
16
  Gemshorn
2
 
 
17
  Sesquialtera
II
 
 
18
  Mixture
III
 
 
19
  Cremona
16
 
 
20
  Hautboy
8
 
 
iii
 
Tremulant
   
           
Pedal
21
  Sub Bass
16
 
 
22
  Principal
8
 
 
23
  Octave
4
 
 
24
  Posaune
16
 
 
iv
  Swell to Pedal    
 
v
  Great to Pedal    
           

Tracker key actions : Slider soundboards

Electric stop and combination actions

 

> click here to view main image of Upminster organ

The church of St Laurence is situated at the cross roads in the centre of the busy town of Upminster. The new organ was installed in the spring of 2003, as part of a re-ordering of the church. The organ stands on the south side of the long chancel, with its front case rising in front of the chancel wall. The Great organ sooundboard and pipes stand within the arch, while the Swell stands behind, with the Pedal organ below. The organ is fully encased, so that all divisions speak out through the front of the case.

The casework is of Oak, with polished tin front pipes. The pipeshades were carved by Keith German. The gilded cross and crown within the flames symbolise the martyrdom of St Laurence, who according to legend went smiling to his death whilst being roasted over a grid-iron.

Upminster pipeshades close up     Upminster console

With twenty four speaking stops the organ is well developed with a wide range of colours, including wide scale mutations on the Great and a narrow scale Sesquialtera on the Swell. The Pedal Principal is of wood, combining most effectively with the Sub Bass, and the full length Posaune also has wooden boots and resonators.

The consultant to the church was Ian Bell.

Upminster angled view of upper case

Below  (photo by Ted Sepple)

Training the next generation - an RCO Schools event

Schools event at Upminster

  

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