Construction of Op. 91 for the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, is well underway, with shipment to England planned in the first part of May. Please visit our page of construction photos.
Undertaken as part of Merton’s 750th anniversary celebration in 2014, the new organ will be completed by the end of 2013. The oldest of the 38 Oxford colleges, Merton has a vibrant chapel music program under the leadership of Peter Phillips and Benjamin Nicholas, the Reed Rubin Directors of Music. The Rev Dr Simon Jones is the Chaplain, and Paul Hale is serving the College as organ consultant.
The Omaha World-Herald recently published a nice article about the Merton organ, which you can find here.
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The installation of our new console for the Hook-Hastings organ at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Beverly, Massachusetts, was completed on 23 March 2013 and first used for Palm Sunday Mass. Built in 1908 as Op. 2180, the parish’s instrument was mechanically and tonally restored by the Spencer Organ Co. in 2007, with the exception of the 1950s replacement console by W.W. Laws, which was retained. Our new console is patterned after existing Hook-Hastings consoles of the period, chiefly that of Op. 2082, originally built for the W. Duncan McKim residence in Washington, D.C. in 1905 and now owned by Baltimore organ builder David Storey. Diane Meredith Belcher is Director of Music and Organist at Saint Mary Star of the Sea.