St Swithun's Anglican Church
cnr Telegraph and Merrivale Roads, Pymble

Ian Brown & Assoc. (including parts from second hand organs) 1998 (3/36 electric)



From SOJ Spring 1998, Autumn 1999:

The Pymble Anglican Church is the only church in Australia to have been named after St Swithun (Bishop of Winchester d. 862). The first church service was held in a wooden building in July 1901 and a new church building replaced this structure in 1940. The new church's first organ was a Hammond organ which lasted about 20 years. In 1961 it was replaced by another electronic, a Wurtlitzer which by 1975 had become unreliable. At this stage a bequest for $10,000 was given to the church and two second hand organs were acquired.


The first organ to be acquired was by W.L. Roberts in 1920 for the Methodist Church in Mosman. It's specification was:

Great
Open Diapason
Hohl Flute
Gamba
Dolce
Principal
Harmonic Flute
Clarinet

Swell
Bourdon
Violin Diapason
Lieblich Gedact
Viol d' Gamba
Voix Celeste
Gemshorn
Horn
Oboe
Vox Humana

Pedal
Subbass
Bourdon
Bass Flute


8
8
8
8
4
4
8


16
8
8
8
8
4
8
8
8


16
16
8










A











A
A


Pneumatic action

Usual couplers and octave couplers


The second organ to be acquired came from Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Dubbo. It began as a Charles Richardson one manual of 5 speaking stops and 2 couplers. C.W. Leggo added a 3 stop Swell division in 1936. In 1979 the organ was electrified by Geoffrey Kendall who also enlarged it. The Dubbo church kept the façade to cover the speakers of a replacement electronic instrument. The specifcation after Kendall had rebuilt it was:

Great
Open Diapason
Stopped Diapason
Dulciana
Principal
Fifteenth

Swell
Lieblich Gedackt
Salicional
Flute
Piccolo
Clarion

Pedal
Bourdon

8
8
8
4
2


8
8
4
2
8


16


Brown & Arkley were given the contract to build a new instrument for St Swithun's using the two organs acquired plus adding some new pipework (8 stops), and further work (addition of the Choir division, Pedal reed and Mixture) to complete the project was undertaken by Ian D Brown and Associates in 1998.

The present specification is:

Great
Bourdon
Open Diapason
Stopped Diapason
Principal
Fifteenth
Sesquialtera 12.17
Mixture 19.22.26.29
Posaune

Swell
Open Diapason
Gedact
Salicional
Vox Angelica
Gemshorn
Fifteenth
Mixture 19.22
Bassoon
Trumpet
Tremulant

Choir
Chimney Flute
Dulciana
Coppel Flute
Principal
Mixture 22.26.29
Dulzian
Tromba
Cremona

Pedal
Sub Bass
Violone
Bourdon
Principal
Bass Flute
Fifteenth
Flute
Mixture 10.12.15
Contra Fagot
Trombone
Dulzian
Fagot

Couplers
Swell to Great
Choir to Great
Swell to Choir
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Choir to Pedal

16
8
8
4
2
II
IV
8


8
8
8
8
4
2
II
16
8



8
8
4
2
III
16
8
8


16
16
16
8
8
4
4
III
32
16
8
8









A











(2014 bottom octave electronic, taken from Pedal Violone)




(2008 - using pipes from Closed Horn from tenor C)
(2008 - New, replaces Closed Horn)








B
D (2008)



A
(2014 - new, electronic, under expression, replaces Flute 2)
C
A
C
A
A

D (bottom 12 notes electronic)
D (2008 - New, replaces Fagot 16')
B
D









7 thumb pistons to Swell
6 thumb pistons to Great
5 thumb pistons to Choir
6 toe pistons to Pedal
6 general thumb pistons
3 general toe pistons

10 separate channels of memory
Each coupler has a reversible thumb piston
Great to Pedal toe piston
Swell to Great toe piston


2008 and 2014 work carried out by Ian D. Brown & Associates


Photos: MQ August 2007