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All Saints Church of Ireland, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock

RegionCo. Dublin - Dublin city
Uploaded byMatthew Breen
Builder(s)
George Benson (1911)
Derek Verso & Co. (1992)
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All Saint's Church is nearly a like a miniature Anglican Cathedral! They have a robed (in red) choir, ornate mosaics behind the altar, and a hinted-at rood screen in the sanctuary. There is also a large, elaborate fresco in the baptistry, which occupies the single transept. All this in a church considered very small by Dublin standards. The organ however, owing to the church's strong traditions, is anything but small! The substantial organ, built by the Manchester-based Dubliner George Benson, is a very fine example of a late-romantic English/Irish instrument.
In spite of its unfavourable location, situated in the depths of a typical chancel chamber, it has no difficulty in filling the small church.
A 1992 rebuild by Derek Verso & Co saw (among other things) the expert revoicing of the reeds by Aiden Scanlon. This achieved an exciting brilliance in the trumpets (not often found in such late romantic organs) and a smooth, warm Oboe which blends well with the flue-work. One feature that makes this organ memorable (for better or for worse) is its curious array of actions: The key-action to the Great is tracker, while the Swell is electric and the Pedal pneumatic. As such, the Swell to Great coupling is electric, as are the Octave and Sub-octave couplers.
Interestingly the key action to the Swell requires a separate switch to turn it on, leaving the organist in hot water should he or she forget to do so!

A = single Trumpet rank
B = single Open Wood rank

Great (Tracker)
Contra-Gamba (T.C.)16
Open Diapason No. 18
Open Diapason No. 28
Dulciana8
Principal4
Flute4
Fifteenth2
Trumpet (A)8
Stop Diap & Clarabella8
 
Swell (Electric)
Bourdon16
Open Diapason8
Stopped Diapason8
Salicional8
Voix Céleste8
Gemshorn4
Piccolo2
MixtureIII
Cornopean8
Oboe8
Tremulant
 
Pedal (Pneumatic)
Open Diapason (B)16
Bourdon16
Octave (B)8
Trombone (A)16
 
Couplers
Swell to Great(electric)
Swell Octave(electric)
Swell Sub-Octave(electric)
Great to Pedal(mechanical)
Swell to Pedal(mechanical)
 
Accessories
3 composition pedals to Gt & Pd(mechanical)
3 composition pedals to Sw(mechanical)