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).

Click on the panel to see a slideshow of the various instruments.

 

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 organ is partially usable at present, with four stops left to be installed, after which it will be voiced. The electronic Viscount organ that served the church during the Hill organ's restoration was removed in February 2020.

St Saviour's is raising money for a new organ blower, as the present model is reaching the end of its working life.

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.

Bernhard Junghänel 1993 Chamber Organ

St Saviour's is currently the home of a fine German chamber organ, which is on loan from an esteemed harpsichordist in France. This instrument is well suited to small vocal or instrumental ensembles, but is unlikely to be substantial enough to support a large chorus.

It is available for use in St Saviour's Church by resident and visiting musicians, and can also be hired for use around London or further afield. Contact the Director of Music, Richard Gowers, for more information - music@stsp.org.uk

Specification and measurements

8’ Bourdon

Transposing keyboard: C-c”’, short octave, A = 392, 415, 440, 465 Hz 

Organ case in two parts: (lower) motor and bellows + (upper) pipes and keyboard 

Measurements: 65 cm x 89 x 66 cm . With flight case: 91 x 96 x 74 cm

Weight: organ 60 kg. In flight case with wheels: ± 80 kg

At St Saviour's you will find a welcoming community from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Whether you live locally or are just passing through,​you are warmly invited to join us.

ADDRESS

St Saviours Church,

St George's Square,

London,

SW1V 3QW.

Tel. 020 7834 9520

Email. office@stsp.org.uk

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