KEBLE COLLEGE CHAPEL
OXFO
RD, UK

 

Keble College is one of the masterworks of the eminent Victorian architect William Butterfield. The magnificent, lofty chapel, completed in 1876, is a riot of decorative brickwork, tiling and mosaics. The original organ was provided by William Hill; Butterfield designed its case, and is said to have personally executed the stencilled decoration of the front pipes.

In 1892 the memorial side chapel was created to house William Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World, and the organ was elevated to its present gallery position. From that time it saw a series of rebuilds and enlargements, but by the 1980s had fallen into serious disrepair. Earlier proposals for a new organ did not reach fruition, and from 1992 - 2011 the chapel music relied on an electronic instrument.

The new pipe organ aims to have a consonance with its Victorian surroundings, and an important aspect of the instrument was the cleaning and conservation of the decorated prospect pipes, which have an architectural integrity with Butterfield’s magnificent chapel. The building boasts perhaps the finest acoustic in Oxford, with generous reverberation, and the organ benefits from its placement in the wide, shallow and tall transept loft.

The core departments of the new organ recognise the spirit of the late nineteenth century, enriched by the colours of the third and fourth manuals and enabling the performance of a wide repertoire, both solo and choral.

 

Great
1
  Double Diapason
16
 
manual II
2
  Open Diapason
8
 
 
3
  Stopped Diapason
8
 
 
4
  Gamba
8
 
 
5
  Principal
4
 
 
6
  Wald Flute
4
 
 
7
  Fifteenth
2
 
 
8
  Sesquialtera II
2
 2/3
 
9
  Mixture IV
1

 1/3

 
10
  Trumpet
8
 
 
i
  Bombarde to Great    
 
ii
  Swell to Great    
 
iii
  Solo to Great    
 
   
 
Swell
11
  Open Diapason
8
 
manual III
12
  Gedackt
8
 
 
13
  Salicional
8
 
 
14
  Vox Angelica
8
 
 
15
  Principal
4
 
 
16
  Rohrflute
4
 
 
17
  Fifteenth
2
 
 
18
  Mixture III-IV
2
 
 
19
  Contra Fagotto
16
 
 
20
  Cornopean
8
 
 
21
  Oboe
8
 
 
22
  Clarion
4
 
 
iv
 
Tremulant
   
 
   
 
Solo-Choir
23
  Open Flute
8
 
manual I
24
  Viola
8
 
 
25
  Flauto Traverso
4
 
 
26
  Fugara
4
 
 
27
  Nazard
2
 2/3
 
28
  Flageolet
2
 
 
29
  Tierce
1
 3/5
 
30
  Cor Anglais
16
 
 
31
  Clarinet
8
 
 
32
  Vox Humana
8
 
 
v
 
Tremulant
 
 
vi
  Swell to Solo    
           
Bombarde
33
  Posaune
8
 
manual IV
34
  Cornet V
8
 
       
 
Pedal
35
  Open Wood
16
 
 
36
  Bourdon
16
 
 
37
  Violone
16
 
 
38
  Quint
10
 2/3
 
39
  Octave
8
 
 
40
  Bass Flute
8
 
 
41
  Fifteenth
4
 
 
42
  Mixture III
3
 1/5
 
43
  Trombone
16
 
 
vii
  Bombarde to Pedal    
 
viii
  Swell to Pedal
 
 
ix
  Great to Pedal
 
 
x
  Solo to Pedal
 
           

Tracker key action : slider soundboards

Electric stop and combination actions

 

 

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