Charles James Organs tunes and maintains the organ at All Saints Church, Goodmayes and the service provided is of a very high standard. Our organ was originally given by Queen Victoria to her church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham and replaced when Edward VII provided a new organ at the beginning of the 20th century. It was installed in All Saints Church in 1919 and has been changed very little since then. Perhaps because of the royal connection, the original materials of the organ have stood up very well to the test of time, but recently it was necessary to repair the action of the swell drawstop machine. This was taken away to Charles James Organs' workshop and was returned in a short space of time with all the leathers beautifully renewed, enabling us to hear the whole of the swell once again. The tuning service is extremely reliable and they are very good at finding ways to carry out minor repairs and maintenance within the tuning schedule. Charles James Organs can always be relied upon to come out when needed at short notice and this means that we do not need to worry about the organ when an important event or concert is coming up. It also helps that Iain is an organist himself and understands well the needs and concerns of church musicians.
Organist, All Saints Goodmayes
St Margaret's Church, Leicester, has been home to some fine organs over the past two centuries. In 2005, Charles James Organs undertook the mammoth task of recommissioning the church's large 4 manual organ which has stood silent for 15 years. The 1954 electronics were overhauled, the console stripped and cleaned, keyboards and pedal board reset and repaired, and much of the pipework cleaned and revoiced. A scrap-yard instrument gained another generation of playing - and the monthly Thursday lunchtime recitals by local organists reinstated. Without the wide-ranging skills, energy and dedication of Charles James Organs, this and many other organs under their watchful eye would now be history. The care and maintenance of British organs is in safe hands for many years to come.
Tim Lees FRCO
Former Organist at St Margaret's Church, Leicester