Organ

An organ existed in St. Alphege Church in the 17th century, but nothing is really known about it. There are records of another instrument, built in 1755 by James Broxall, and this contained at least one stop from the previous instrument. In 1809 a new instrument was built by Elliot & Co. for the princely sum of £277: it had two manuals and no pedals. The Pedal organ was added in 1856 and the Choir organ in 1868, by Edward Brosswood of Birmingham. In 1888 the instrument was rebuilt by Hill and Son with a new Swell organ and two new stops were added to each of the other manuals and Pedal. In 1899 a Harmonic Flute was added to the Great and an Orchestral Oboe to the Choir. 


A major rebuild took place in 1936 by Hill, Norman and Beard: this included electro-pneumatic action, a stop Key console and several tonal alterations. By 1977 the action had become unreliable and the console was worn out. Between October 1977 and May 1978 the organ was completely rebuilt by Nicholson of Malvern. The work included many new stops, the complete rebuilding of the action, much internal re-planning, a fine new console and voicing by Dennis Thurlow. In 1989 the whole instrument was taken apart for thorough cleaning and the opportunity was taken to replace the 1888 Swell soundboard which was giving trouble. The fine case dates from the first half of the 18th century and is probably by Thomas Schwarbrick, a pupil of Renatus Harris. It was brought to St. Alphege from St. Martin's, Birmingham by Charles Curtis, Rector of Solihull 1789-1829 and St. Martin's, 1781-1829.


Organ recitals are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, with refreshments available from 12.30 and the recital starting at 1.10.  Details can be found on our Calendar



Great                                                   Swell                                                    Choir                                              Pedal

Open Diapason No.1             8             Open Diapason     8                                  Gedackt             8                           Resultant Bass         32
Open Diapason No.2             8             Hohl Flute            8                                  Spitz Flute          4                           Open Wood               6
Stopt Diapason                     8             Salicional             8                                  Octave               2                            Bourdon                   16
Principal                               4             Voix Celeste        8                                   Larigot            1 1/3                         Principal                    8  
Harmonic Flute                     4             Principal              4                                   Sesquialtera       II                            Bass Flute                 8
Fifteenth                              2              Lieblich Flute       4                                   Cymbal              III                           Fifteenth                    4
Fourniture                            IV             Nasard            2 2/3                                 Cremona            8                            Octave Flute              4  
Trompette                            8              Piccolo               2                                    Oboe                 8                           Bombarde                  16
Swell to Great                                      Tierce             1 3/5                                  (swell)                                             Double Trumpet        16 (sw)
Choir to Great                                      Plein jeu            IV                                    Bombarde          8                            Trumpet                    8 (sw)
Great & Pedal combs coupled               Oboe                 8                                     Bombarde Octave                            Clarion                      4  
General pistons on Swell                       Tremulant                                                 Great to Choir
Toe pistons                                          Double Trumpet 16                                     Swell to Choir

                                                           Trumpet             8                                     Tremulant to Light Wind

                                                           Unit

                                                           Clarion               4

                                                           Sw/Gt/Ch to Pedal

                                                           Octave/Sub Octave/Unison Off