Christ Church (United Reformed)

Epsom Road, Leatherhead

Hill Norman & Beard organ

2-manual and pedal pipe organ 1970, extended into the nave 1995.


PedalSwellNave GreatChancel Great
Open Diapason16   Open Flute8   Nave Gt on Sw Gedeckt8   
Sub Bass16   Viola8   Open Diapason8   Dulciana8   
Principal8   Principal4   Octave4   Chimney Flute4   
Gedeckt8   Mixture (19.22.)II   Twelfth22/3   Dulcet 4   
Fifteenth4   Double Trumpet16   Fifteenth2   Piccolo2   
Trumpet16   Trumpet8   Sw to Gt
Clarion8   Sw OctSw Oct to Gt
Sw to PedGt+Ped Pistons
Sw Oct to Ped
Gt to Ped

Built in 1970 to a design by John Norman, case by Herbert Norman: Gt: 8, 8, 4, 4, 2; Sw: 8, 8, 4, II, 16, 8, Oct.; Ped: 16, 8, 8, 4, 16. The direct electric action enabled the manual 4-foots and 2-foots to be derived below middle C from appropriate 8-foots, but the pedal Sub Bass 16 was independent, and the Pedal Principal/Fifteenth rank (8-foot and 4-foot) independent of the Great diapasons. The Swell Viola 8 has its own bass (stopped quintadenas). The Swell Tremulant has never worked properly as it was overpowered by the effect of a Schwimmer regulator which keeps the wind perfectly steady.

BecauseOrganist Anthony Cairns the bright tone of the instrument was overpowering in the chancel, while not carrying adequately to the nave, the organ was extended into the Nave in 1995 by Hill Norman & Beard (shortly before the firm's demise) with the Great chorus placed in a double case in the arch near the lectern, and the console moved to the opposite side of the chancel. The new Great Dulciana is of full compass, using twelve former Open Diapason pipes in the front of the Chancel case. The Great Dulcet 4, with 24 notes derived from the Dulciana, has an independent Gemshorn treble. The Diapason 8ft in the Nave Great is better placed to lead congregational singing, and the Nave 4ft and 2ft borrow 24 notes from it below middle C. The Twelfth is independent, and can also be used with the Chancel flutes. The new Pedal Open Diapason 16 is an electronic unit buried deep in the organ chamber.

Radiating/concave pedals. Stop tabs. Balanced swell. Usual couplers. Nave Great on Great/Swell; when on the Swell, it is affected by the Swell Octave coupler, so the Nave Great stops can be coupled back to the Great at octave pitch. Compass: 56/32. 6 general and 4 Great/Pedal thumb/toe pistons, and 4 Swell thumb-pistons. Thumb/toe-pistons to some couplers. Lockable setter piston.

The redesign has been extremely successful, and the organ has become an excellent accompanying instrument for church services, and a very flexible instrument for recitals.

In April 2021, the organ was dismantled and pipes, windchests, swell shutters and console removed by Henry Groves & Son, organbuilders of Nottingham, who hope to find a new home for it in due course. The blower and the pipes of the Sub Bass 16 are still available: please contact Anthony Cairns at chchlhead@gmail.com.


The organ was maintained by Alistair Curtis
Newfield, Turners Green Road, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6EA,
Phone: 07729 836730. Email: am.curtis@tiscali.co.uk

Page updated 28 April 2021.
{Anthony Cairns's house organ.}