Orchard Road Presbyterian Church (Main)

Singapore, Singapore

Builder: J.W. Walker & Taylor & Sons

Year: 1962

 

 

 

Surveyed:2016

Status: Playable

                                

 

 

 

 

 

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The Chancel Organ

The first organ in this church dates back to 1861. The present instrument is the third organ to be constructed there. It is basically a rebuild of the 1926 two manual and pedal tracker organ by William Hill & Son / Norman & Beard. A third division was added and the action converted to electro-pneumatic. In 1987 the action was electrified. The old combination controls are still visible on either side of the console. The church also owns a rebuilt Walker & Taylor II/P organ in the chapel.

Historical facts:

During World War II, over 200 pipes were looted. The aluminum push rods were also removed. The motor and blowing apparatus were left intact. The organ had since been inoperable. In 1946, a restoration was done as a gift from the Presbytery of London North. The wind chests were converted to the “floating top” type.

In 1962-1963, the Walker firm converted it to electric action. Extra stops were added to the Choir and Pedal.

 


 

Technical Specifications  (Original – William Hill & Son And Norman & Beard)

Stoplist

 

Great

Double Diapason 16’

Open Diapason 

Claribel Flute 8’

Dulciana

Principal 4’

Flute Ouvert

Fifteenth 2’

Trumpet 8’

 

 

Swell

Bourdon 16’

Open Diapason 8’

Lieblich Gedeckt

Salicional

Voix Celeste 8’

Principal 4’

Harmonic Flute 4’

Cornopean

Oboe 8’

Tremulant

 

Pedal

Open Diapason 16’

Bourdon 16’

Bass Flute 8’

 

 

 

 


 

Technical Specifications  (1962 – Present)

Stoplist

 

Great

Double Diapason 16’

Open Diapason No.1 

Open Diapason No.2 

Claribel 8’

Dulciana

Principal 4’

Flute Ouverte

Twelfth 2 2/3’

Fifteenth 2’

Trumpet 8’

 

 

Swell (Enclosed)

Open Diapason 8’

Lieblich Gedeckt

Salicional

Voix Celeste 8’

Principal 4’

Harmonic Flute 4’

Fifteenth 2’

Mixture III

Cornopean

Contra Oboe 16’

Oboe 8’

Tremulant

 

Choir

Lieblich Bourdon 16’

Violin Diapason 8’

RohrFlute

Dulciana

Prestant

Octave Flute 4’

Dulcet 4’

Nazard 2 2/3’

Flautino

Dulciana Mixture II

Double Clarinet 16’

Clarinet 8’

Trumpet 4’

Tremulant

 

Pedal

Open Wood 16’

Bourdon 16’

Lieblich Bourdon 16’

Quint 10 2/3’

Octave 8’

Bass Flute 8’

Octave Flute 4’

Oboe 16’

Trumpet 8’

 

Accessories

Swell/Great (DS, TP)

Choir/Great (DS, TP)

Great and Pedal Combination Coupler (DS)

Suboctave (DS)

Octave (DS)

Unison Off (DS)

 

Swell/Choir (DS)

 

Choir/Pedal (DS)

Swell/Pedal (DS)

Great/Pedal (DS, TP, TS)

 

Legend:

DS – Drawstop

TP- Thumb Piston

TS- Toe Stud

 

Other Info:

Number of Manuals

III / P

Number of Stops

43

Key Action

Electric

Stop / Coupler Action

Electric

Keyboard Compass

C - c4 (61 notes)

Pedalboard Compass

C - g1 (32 notes)

 

Photos: Suzanne Lau

Articles Contribution: Ong Te-min

References: The American Organist article “Organs in Asia” – by James Welch. Jul 1988 issue

Special thanks to Robert Navaratnam

                           

Used with permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures

 

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