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Starting and Stopping
On 13th January we started dismantling the 1926 pneumatic Conacher organ at St Mary and St Margaret Church Castle Bromwich. The restoration was due to be completed by Easter and on 23rd March we loaded the van with the restored parts to return to the Church. The following day, after the lockdown announcement, we unloaded it all back into the workshop, where it stayed for nearly three months until the Church re-opened.
During these weeks, we were able to carry out the restoration of the soundboard on the unusual, historic, but unnamed organ in the Chapel at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk.
Our completion of the Castle Bromwich restoration took place over several weeks because for Covid-19 security we were only able to work at the beginning of the week and certainly, in those early weeks, no hotels or restaurants were open.
Thanks to the willing co-operation and dedication of our staff, who worked long days, the organ was finally complete in late summer.
This Conacher is on the west end gallery with
a detached console and the Swell and Great positioned either side of a passageway. Pneumatic restorations could be said to be a dying art, but with understanding of their working and care such organs can be successfully restored.
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