Charles James Organs have been most reliable at tuning and maintaining our organ here at Brasenose College, Oxford. They have transformed the instrument since taking over the maintenance to be a more stable and musical experience for both players and listeners, and I am very pleased that the instrument is in such good hands. CJO's fees are reasonable, and they are always reliable and helpful with advice.
Director of College Music and Tutor, Brasenose College, Oxford
Playing a recital at St Paul's Bedford was a real thrill for me, as I found that all registers were ideally matched and beautifully finished. This organ seems to me to be warm, clear and immensely satisfying to player and listener. There are classical tonalities in the Choir Organ, but they have been well integrated with the original Norman and Beard tonal scheme, which has been preserved and respected. Moreover, the console is very convenient and comfortable to play. The whole thing is an artistic triumph of which Iain Harvey can very rightly be proud, and it is also outstanding value for money.
Organist Emeritus - Chester Cathedral & Concert Organist
We recently changed organ tuners and Charles James Organs came highly recommended. The first time they tuned the organ, we all noticed a huge improvement in the sound we could now get from the instrument. CJO has been totally reliable and able to fit in around the school's rather busy schedule. They have also been extremely helpful in advising us of ways we can improve the instrument further. I cannot recommend Charles James Organs highly enough.
Mr Jon Cullen
Head of Music at Magdalen College School - Oxford
Without reserve, I am delighted to be able to say that the people, and particularly the musicians of St Paul's Bedford, are absolutely thrilled with your comprehensive and very skilful re-build of St Paul's Organ. Your workmanship and layout of the instrument throughout is first class. The transformation of the instrument tonally is a revelation and the re-voicing of the existing pipe-work a triumph! It's flexibility now as an instrument which can lead hymnody, accompany the choir in its extensive choral repertoire, as well as perform as a thrilling recital instrument, give it exactly the versatility we require in a large and well used Parish Church. As you know we are a community which highly values its musical heritage and your work will do much to inspire and sure up the tradition in the years to come. From start to finish it was a pleasure to work with you on this great project. You and your team did everything to smooth the passage of the rebuild over the 18 months and can now feel justly proud of the work accomplished. Thank you!
Canon John Pedlar
Former Vicar of St Paul's Bedford
We chose Charles James Organs to be our tuners in 2009 based on a recommendation and from seeing the results of their previous work at St Margaret's, Leicester. From the outset, they have provided excellent advice and insight into the best way to get the most from our instrument, and have gone on to improve the overall blend of the Great chorus, and positioning/stability of the solo Great trumpet. They have provided us with what I now consider to be the finished article: a versatile two-manual instrument providing good support for choir and congregation, as well as versatility for our monthly recital series, given the relatively modest size of the organ. It is reassuring that they keep our instrument under constant review and their suggestions are always welcome and sensible. We are delighted with what has so far been achieved.
Dr Simon Ainge
Former Director of Music, St Peter's Parish Church, Oadby