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I came across Iain Harvey during my time as Organist & Director of Music at Chester Cathedral (1997-2007), where he was a quite brilliant organ tuner. As well as his work on the main cathedral organ, he also undertook, very successfully, the renovation and installation of a small two-manual and pedal practice organ for the cathedral Song School.
After moving to Cambridge in 2018, I was delighted to come across another example of Iain Harvey's work: the organ at the Roman Catholic Church in Newmarket. It was built by T C Lewis in 1874, and restored and revoiced by Iain Harvey of Charles James Organs in 2016.
This organ is amazingly flexible, able to fill the building with glorious bright diapason tone - perfect for leading a large congregation - with a lively Swell Trumpet and an octave coupler for added bite - whilst also having a good variety of quieter registers, including a most beautiful Gamba Celeste and new 8' and 4' flutes on the Great. The action is light and responsive, and each individual stop is so superbly voiced that one could happily spend hours exploring the tonal sonorities of this organ.
This instrument is an absolute delight to play and is an excellent example of the craftsmanship typical of Charles James Organs.
David Poulter Hon FGCM, FRCO(CHM), FTCL, GRSM, ARCM
previously Director of Music at the Cathedrals of Liverpool, Chester and Coventry
I have known Iain for 30 years and as an Organ builder and Voicer for the past 15 years.
Iain Harvey’s skills as a Voicer are reinforced by his ability as an organist (ATCL Diploma with Distinction) and his thorough and deep knowledge as a listener to organ music across many styles and historical periods. He is not content with merely being a craftsman, but relates this craftmanship to historical awareness.
As a voicer, I have heard and been the beneficiary of many examples of his work and can testify its outstanding qualities. There are few voicers in this country, and he must rank with the best.
I can therefore recommend him to you without reservation.
Timothy Lees FRCO ARSCM FTCL GRSM ARMCM
Formerly Royal Organist to His Majesty, the Sultan of Oman
If you are looking for a continuo organ then look no further. This organ of 3 stops has all the colour and dynamics needed to blend with small orchestra, medium-sized choral group or appropriate repertoire. Comfortable to play and with responsive touch – it is the dream instrument for a period concert.
Timothy Lees FRCO ARSCM
Organist St Mary's Church Humberstone, formally The Cathedral Port Elizabeth SA & St James the Greater Leicester
The Cjo box organ is a beautiful instrument in every way. Its three stops are nicely voiced and sound well in different combinations. The action is both sensitive and comfortable to play and the whole instrument is finely crafted and compact. An excellent organ for continuo work and to support a small congregation or choir.
A professional Organist based in Rutland with a wealth of experience in performing both concert recitals and religious services including weddings
Our parish priest was recommended Iain Harvey as an exceptionally gifted organ tuner by a local Leicester organist who had come to play for a funeral whilst I was at a family funeral elsewhere. It was a recommendation that we have been extremely pleased we followed through, as Charles James Organs has provided a dedicated care of the organ here at St Joseph's since they took on the tuning and maintenance in 2008. The organ had been installed as a new-build in 2001 and, although a magnificent instrument, its position within the building meant that its tuning suffers considerably during the winter months because of the church heating system. The expansive circular design of our church does not allow an economical solution to the heating problem, but Iain, through his determined perseverance, have resolved many of the tuning issues.
Iain's youthful enthusiasm for the instrument is contagious and his understanding of the organ's place within the liturgy of the Catholic Church is a great asset to me as director of music. He even comes and plays occasionally for mass, providing a very varied and entertaining selection of music at the end of the service - much to the delight for the congregation. With CJO overseeing the tuning and maintenance, we know St Joseph's organ is in very safe and reliable hands and I would most certainly recommend the firm - and have done on many occasions!
Director of Music
...A strange art - music - the most poetic and precise of all the arts, vague as a dream and precise as algebra.