Brightling’s new organ – demo on 10th June 2018

Console of the new organ (the rats’ nest of wiring will be tidied up real soon).

Brightling church has a brand new organ – an Envoy 23-S from Viscount Organs.

The new organ is already in use but there will be an “official opening” consisting of an interactive hands-on demonstration / Q&A session about the new organ following the 10 o’clock service on 10th June 2018.  This will start at around 11:00 am.

This magnificent machine has two keyboards, a full 30-note pedal board, and 23 speaking stops.

The sound comes from external speaker system located in the gallery, while the playing console has been located behind the north choir stalls.  The external speakers consist of two independent audio channels of 100 watts each plus a dedicated sub-woofer cabinet of 300 watts. That is a fair whack of sound.

The view from the driving seat

There is also a high-quality speaker system located inside the console, which can be adjusted separately for both tone and volume.  Currently it is set up with the overall volume set at minus 15, but if necessary that can easily be turned up (or even down if people insist).  The placing of the sounds across individual speakers, the tonal voicing and regulation were all individually configured for our church, as part of the installation process.

There will be a follow-up visit from the installers in a few months’ time, during which further adjustments can be made.  So it would be good to get feedback as to how it sounds from various points within the church (volume levels, tone quality, reverberation and so on) during regular use and this information can contribute to the final adjustment.

Incidentally, there is now a vacancy for a deputy assistant trainee organist.  Although this is a junior position, the successful applicant can expect rapid promotion.  See you on 10th June.