The voicing of an organ is the key aspect, turning the machine into the musical instrument. The voicer, to create a musical instrument not only requires the knowledge and understanding of dealing with the pipework, but also, for exceptional results, musicianship and an understanding of the repertoire for which the organ is to be used.
Iain Harvey is equipped with these attributes and is pleased to offer advice and supply voicing to the craft and private clients, going further to support British organ building and music.
We are competent in all styles of voicing and re-voicing, both to match existing or to voice new pipework inline with customer’s individual requirements.
A wealth of experience has been attained from around the globe, spanning the Baroque, Classical and Romantic styles of voicing in both fluework and reeds – including any size of pipe: from a large 32’ Open Wood or Trombone, to the smallest pipes of the organ, enabling us to provide a unique bespoke service.
Artisanship is deployed to ensure that individual voices are integral when alone, yet in addition blend seamlessly together to form the musical instrument that is the organ.
Each voice of a choir is unique but is required to blend with others of similar and different pitch likewise orchestral instruments are grouped into families of similar tonal quality with differing pitches, but all mass together with outstanding cohesion; the organ is no different.
We set out on all projects with a keen musical ear to create a tonal balance capable of growing seamlessly from the softest stops through to the full organ. Managing volume increases and decreases is essential in the art of improvisation and the choral tradition.
In addition to advising and voicing we will support you further with the tonal finishing and fine tuning of an instrument to ensure outstanding results are attained.
Photographs on this page are from top:-
New six rank pedal mixture (the nicking process) 184.108.40.206.26.29.
Trumpet with new blocks, domed shallots, wedges and springs to realise a Trompette tone.
Bass of a Stopped Diapason 8'
New Spitz Flöte 2' following the style of Arp Schnitger.
Pipework by Shires Organ Pipes Ltd http://www.shiresorganpipes.com
Preparation of the mouth
Cut up mark
Metal being cut away to the desired measurement
Finished cut up
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