ST JOSEPH ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
RUGELEY, STAFFORDSHIRE, UK

Manual
  Stopped Diapason
8
 
 
  Principal
4
 
 
  Chimney Flute
4
 
 
  Fifteenth
2
 
 
  Sesquialtera
II
 
           
Pedal
  Manual to Pedal Coupler    
           

Tracker key action : Mechanical stop action : Slider soundboard

Shifting movement pedal to silence upperwork

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This one manual organ is built as a ruckpositiv on the west gallery of the church, the player sitting at the rear of the instrument, and able to see over the music ledge to the Sanctuary and Altar. The painted case picks up colours which are present elsewhere in the church, including the blue of the Lady Chapel and red and gold from the ironwork screen. The pipeshades contain symbolism of St Joseph and St Ethelreda - gilded crowns, and carpenter's square with lily flowers.

Rugeley console       Rugeley casework

While only a small instrument, its excellent position allows it to speak unimpeded into the nave, which it has no difficulty in filling with sound. The coupled pedalboard, shifting pedal, and treble Sesquialtera enable good versatility from only five stops.

Building small organs can often be just a rewarding as larger instruments. This was certainly one such instance for us at Rugeley in 2005.

 

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