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St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh.

RegionCo. Cork - County
Uploaded byAdrian Gebruers
Builder(s)
Telford & Telford (1905)
Irish Organ Company (1965)
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The organ of St Colman's Cathedral was first installed in 1905. Aptly described in "The Cork Examiner" newspaper of July 21 of that year as "the crowning work in the interior equipment of the sacred edifice", this magnificent instrument was built by Telford & Telford. This firm of organ builders was founded in Dublin in 1830 by the Englishman William Telford (1809-1885), who was much influenced by the great French organ-builder Cavaillé-Coll, as is usually evident in the specifications of most Telford organs. Telford visited Paris in 1846 as the guest of Cavaillé-Coll and attended the inauguration of the French master's new organ at the Madeleine. He was appointed adjudicator of organs at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, awarding first prize to Henry Willis who went on to have a brilliant career as Britain's leading organ builder. There are many examples of Telford's work all over Ireland, and as far distant as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Malvinas (Falkland Islands), in various states of repair and preservation. Sadly, very few are in original condition and many have been altered almost beyond recognition. In a report of their survey carried out in 1965, the famous organ builders of Henry Willis & Sons Limited (see above) described the organ of St Colman's Cathedral as being "an exquisite example of the work of Messrs. Telford & Telford of Dublin". Other experts have been equally as complimentary: “undoubtedly one of Telford’s largest and most prestigious organs”, “a monumental instrument, built on a grand scale”, “of enormous significance and heritage value”, “the most important surviving Telford instrument and the least altered”. The Telford firm ceased trading in 1929.

The organ is located in the west gallery. The Austrian oak case, modelled in gothic tracery, rises to a height of 45 feet (14 metres) on either side. Filling the openings are 77 highly polished and burnished decorative pipes of pure tin. The actual organ pipes (there are some 2,500 of them) are placed behind the casework, together with the bellows and other mechanism. The motor and blower are located in a special room in the Cathedral tower. The action of the organ was originally tubular pneumatic, but this was changed to electro pneumatic during a major rebuild carried out by The Irish Organ Company in the early 1970's. The console has three manuals and a pedal-board; there are 46 speaking stops, as well as combination stops and pistons. From this extensive palette a wide variety of colours is possible, ranging from the mellow tones of the flue pipes to the brassy sounds of the reeds and the deep-voiced grandeur of the 16' pedal stops. A further enhancement is the fine acoustical properties of the building itself and in particular the ceiling of Californian pitch pine. A second, almost identical, console is located in the south transept.

Great
Diapason No. 18
Diapason No. 28
Double Salicional16
Bourdon16
Quint5 ⅓
Gamba8
Stopped Diapason8
Hohl Flute8
Principal4
Flute4
Gemshorn4
Twelfth2 ⅔
Fifteenth2
Mixture III Ranks
Double Trumpet16
Trumpet8
Clarion4
Great to Pedal
 
Swell
Double Diapason16
Open Diapason8
Gedact8
Dulciana8
Celeste8
Wald Flute4
Principal4
Piccolo2
Mixture III Ranks
Bassoon16
Cornopeon8
Oboe8
Clarion4
Tremulant
Swell Octave
Swell to Great
Swell Octave to Great
Swell to Choir
Swell to Pedal
 
Choir
Stopped Diapason8
Dulciana8
Spitz Flute4
Nazard2 ⅔
Tierce1 ⅗
Clarinet8
Piccolo2
Tremulant
Choir Octave
Choir to Great
Choir Octave to Great
Choir to Pedal
 
Pedal
Diapason 16
Violone16
Bourdon16
Octave8
Cello8
Flute8
Bombarde16
Trumpet8
Quint10 ⅔
Great Pistons to Pedal Pistons
 
Accessories
6 Thumb Pistons to Great and Pedal Organs
6 Toe Pistons to Great and Pedal Organs
6 Thumb Pistons to Swell Organ
6 Toe Pistons to Swell Organ
4 Thumb Pistons to Choir Organ
Bombarde and Great to Pedal Toe Pistons
Swell Pedal
Crescendo Pedal
 
Websites
Cobh Cathedral Parish: http://www.cobhcathedral.ie/
Cobh Carillon:http://homepage.eircom.net/~adriangebruers

Comments

David_Forde's picture

An absolutely stunning organ

An absolutely stunning organ case!