|Region||Co. Dublin - Dublin city|
|Uploaded by||Matthew Breen|
|George Benson (1911)|
|Derek Verso & Co. (1992)|
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
|Open Diapason No. 1||8|
|Open Diapason No. 2||8|
|Stop Diap & Clarabella||8|
|Open Diapason (B)||16|
|Swell to Great||(electric)|
|Great to Pedal||(mechanical)|
|Swell to Pedal||(mechanical)|
|3 composition pedals to Gt & Pd||(mechanical)|
|3 composition pedals to Sw||(mechanical)|