Adlington Hall Organ

THE ORGAN OF ADLINGTON HALL
In 2016, we produced a video all about the 17th Century
pipe organ of Adlington Hall, Cheshire, UK)

You can watch the video below:



 

Handel at the Adlington Hall Organ
(above: artist's impression of Handel playing the organ of
Adlington Hall - Tom Scott 2018)




Handel at
Adlington Hall

It is believed that Geroge Frederick Handel (1685-1759) would have most certainly played the organ of Adlington Hall, during a visit to the hall in either 1741 or 1742.

The orginal score to Handel's setting of 'The Hunting Song' was presented to Charles Legh and the autograph remains at the hall.

There is also a tradition that Handel composed The Harmonious Blacksmith whilst at the Hall.



ORGAN SPECIFICATION




(above: the plaque found on the side of the organ case)


(above: the original pedal "pull-downs" which were never fitted to
the organ - an attempt at creating a pedal board for the instrument)

The Organ of Adlington Hall, Cheshire, UK
Date and maker unknown. Attributed to (or after the style of) “Father” Bernard Smith, c.1693


Compass GG, AA, C,
D-d’’’


Great Organ (Upper Keyboard)
Opn diopason 8
St diopason 8
Principall 4
Gt twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Bl flute bas 2
Bl flute trib 2
Ters 1 3/5
Sm twelfth 1 1/3
2 & twenty 1
Trumpet 8
Vox Humana 8


Chaire Organ (Lower Keyboard)

St diopason ch 8 (Borrowed from Great)
St flute ch 4
Bassoon ch 8

[Spellings taken from the original stop labels, except Trumpet and Vox Humana which are missing.]


(above: organ case detail)

More videos of the organ
Click this imagein the top left hand corner of the video window below
to view and select other videos in the playlist






(above: exterior images of Adlington Hall)

Jonathan Scott has given several concerts on this organ
details of concerts and events can be found on
the Adlington Hall website here


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