DOWNING COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

Great
  Open Diapason
8
 
 
  Stopped Diapason
8
 
 
  Gamba
8
 
 
  Principal
4
 
 
  Fifteenth
2
 
 
  Furniture IV
1 1/3
 
 
  Tremulant
 
           
Swell
  Gedackt
8
 
 
  Salicional
8
 
 
  Principal
4
 
 
  Chimney Flute
4
 
 
  Gemshorn
2
 
 
  Sesquialtera II
2 2/3
 
 
  Hautboy
8
 
 
  Trumpet
8
 
 
  Tremulant
8
 
           
Pedal
  Sub Bass
16
 
 
  Open Flute
8
 
 
  Bassoon
16
 
           
Couplers
  Swell to Great
 
 
  Swell to Pedal
 
 
  Great to Pedal
 
           

Tracker key action : Electric stop action

Slider soundboard

 

It seems somehow fated that an organ Kenneth Tickell was involved with renovating and re-installing during his first years in organ-building, should have been the one whose replacement stood on the shop floor when he died suddenly. From his first position with Grant Degens and Bradbeer, he found himself working on Downing College’s then organ in 1982.

Because of that restricted headroom and the barrel vaulting of the chapel ceiling, the proposalo was for a case loosely in the style of Gottfried Silbermann whose organ cases in Saxony tended to favour this relatively wide and low shape and made a feature of gently rounded towers, a style he thought would suit the Downing chapel well.

The finished organ in the college chapel

 

Downing College organ

 

The original water colour concept sketch by Ken Tickell.

Downing College organ

  

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