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November 23rd, 2013 - New Organs for St Joseph's and St William's
New Organs for St Joseph's and St William's

New Organs for St Joseph's and St William's



New Organs for St Joseph's and St William's

Two organ projects were recently completed in the Diocese of Leeds. The organ builder Peter Collins was chosen to build a new instrument for St Joseph's Church in Wetherby and the Slovenian firm Anton Skrabl relocated and restored a Victorian instrument in St William's in Bradford.

St. Joseph's was founded in 1872. The old Church was opened in 1882 and the present Church, designed by the well-known ecclesiastical architect Vincent Stienlet, was opened in 1986. The art work is by the internationally known artist Fenwick Lawson. The new instrument is designed with great sympathy to the aesthetics of the building, the aim being to match the case to its surroundings so that it did not appear as a later addition to the original scheme. The church has a fine adult choir and a strong tradition of congregational singing.

St William's is situated in the Lidget Green area of Bradford. The large Victorian church has a spacious west end gallery for choir and organ. The organ was originally made by Hopkins and son, and was found in a redundant church near York. The instrument had no case, and so as well as restoring the organ throughout, a new case was designed in conjunction with the organ consultant John Rowntree. A larger instrument also by Hopkins can also be found in Bradford at St Joseph's Church. The catholic churches of Bradford can now boast two of the finest instruments in the city, with an exquisite Victorian tonal palate, superb acoustics and light responsive mechanical actions.



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