Musical Instruments

St Saviour's, Pimlico, is fortunate to house three fine keyboard instruments: the 1870 Hill organ, a newly reconditioned Yamaha C3 grand piano and a small, beautifully crafted chamber organ (Bernhard Junghänel, 1993).

1870 Hill organ during restoration work
1870 Hill organ during restoration work

Console of the 1870 Hill organ
Console of the 1870 Hill organ

The Yamaha C3 Grand Piano, positioned for a concert
The Yamaha C3 Grand Piano, positioned for a concert

1870 Hill organ during restoration work
1870 Hill organ during restoration work

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1870 William Hill Organ

In 1870 the renowned English organ builder William Hill built a three-manual pipe organ for St Saviour's Church. One of the finest organ builders of the Victorian era, the greatest examples of Hill's work include the organs of Birmingham Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Eton College Chapel and Norwich Cathedral.

For the past three years, the organ at St Saviour's has been under restoration by Bishop & Son Organ Builders. The electronic Viscount organ that served the church during the Hill organ's restoration was removed in February 2020.

Specification

Choir: C – g3

Gedact 8

Dulciana 8

Gemshorn 4

Suabe Flute 4

Clarinet 8 (TC).

Great: C – g3

Open Diapason 8

Stopped Diapason 8

Principal 4

Spitzflute 4

Fifteenth 2

Mixture III (17.19.22)

Trumpet 8

Swell: C – g3

Bourdon 16

Open Diapason 8

Stopped Diapason 8

Dulciana 8

Gamba 8

Voix Celeste 8

Principal 4

Fifteenth 2

Oboe 8

Cornopean 8

Octave, Unison Off, Sub-Octave

Pedal: C – f1

Open Diapason 16

Bourdon 16

Principal 8

Couplers:

SW-GT, CH-GT, SW-CH, GT-Ped, CH-Ped, SW-Ped

Yamaha Grand Piano

The Yamaha C3-model grand piano came to St Saviour's in 2019, following reconditioning work that restored it to 'good as new'. It is tuned regularly, and features extensively in the Pimlico Lunchtime Concerts series.

The piano has a particularly mellow sound that suits it for vocal accompaniment and chamber music. The curved wooden ceiling of St Saviour's offers an ideal acoustic for concerts and recordings.

The piano can easily be moved around the front of the church, allowing it to be part of any kind of ensemble.