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Paul Hale

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Published Articles

As some of you who alight on my site may never read Organists’ Review  (you should! visit it occurred to me that to post my regular column Something old, something new might be of interest as these articles point the spotlight on recent interesting organ projects in the UK.

I am grateful to the IAO for giving me permission to post these articles here; copyright remains with the IAO. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the imaginative and first-class work which is being carried out in the British Isles, despite an appalling lack of funds and a government, church and education system increasingly peopled by Philistines.

Articles in Organists’ Review

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September 2019 [900 kb]
A triumphant transplant
A Peter Collins organ for St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford
June 2019 [600 kb]
Dennis Thurlow – master voicer
An appreciation of the late Dennis Thurlow’s work
March 2019 [500 kb]
Hunting for Hunters
Organs by A. Hunter & Son of Clapham
December 2018 [990 kb]
Sir Malcolm Sargent’s organ revived
The organ in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray
September 2018 [1.4 mb]
William Hill at home
The organ in St James’s Church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire
June 2018 [750 kb]
A Lewis resurrected
The T.C. Lewis organ in St Marie’s Catholic Cathedral, Sheffield
March 2018 [1.1 mb]
Gern meets Gallo in Gozo
The new organ in St John the Baptist Church, Xewkija, Gozo, Malta
December 2017 [1.5 mb]
French treasure on the Isle of Wight
The Mutin Cavaillé-Coll in St Mary’s Abbey, Quarr
September 2017 [930 kb]
Out of sight, out of mind
The Compton organ in the Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, Regent Street, London
June 2017 [610 kb]
A tale of two manuals
St Peter’s, Wolvercote, by Robin Jennings; St Andrew’s, Bedford, by Harrison & Harrison
March 2017 [1.6 mb]
Selby Abbey
Germani’s glory recaptured
December 2016 [560 kb]
When cinema meets Chapel
The remarkable organ in Solihull School Chapel
September 2016 [1.1 mb]
Turning the corner
A Mander rebuild at Bishop’s Stortford
June 2016 [1.1 mb]
A ‘GDB’ refreshed
The restored organ in the Meeting House, University of Sussex
March 2016 [2.7 mb]
The ‘Clifton Sound’ refreshed
The famous 1967 Walker organ in All Saints’, Cifton, given a new lease of life by Nicholsons
December 2015 [950 mb]
Upstairs & Downstairs
The Henry Groves & Son instrument in St Mark’s, Newnham, Cambridge
September 2015 [580 kb]
Then and Now
St Alphege, Solihull, revitalised by Nicholsons
June 2015 [480 kb]
The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol
reconstructed by Clevedon Organs
March 2015 [590 kb]
Dean Close School, Cheltenham
the new Nicholson organ
December 2014 [1.6 mb]
Edington Priory Church
the new Harrison & Harrison organ
September 2014 [1.5 mb]
Walker & Wells at the Whitworth Hall
June 2014 [1.1 mb]
St George’s, Whyke
the new Nicholson organ
March 2014 [1.6 mb]
Willis & Walker at the Whitworth Hall
December 2013 [4.6 mb]
The organs in Ottobeuren Basilica
September 2013 [560 kb]
Gosport’s Glory
Holy Trinity Church, Gosport
June 2013 [6.5 mb]
A work of beauty
St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Newcastle: Part 2
March 2013 [7.9 mb]
Newcastle’s lost Lewis
The organs in St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Newcastle: Part 1
December 2012 [5.8 mb]
Beckenham’s new baby
St Michael and All Angels, Beckenham
September 2012 [7.6 mb]
Leaks in the Lakes:
two soggy Lake District organs dried out

St Mary’s Ambleside
St James’s, Whitehaven
June 2012 [6.5 mb]
A new organ for Merton College, Oxford
March 2012 [4.8 mb]
A tale of three organs
St Paul’s, Bedford
St Oswald’s, Ashbourne
St John’s, Boxmoor
December 2011
Up the Hill to Ealing (St. Barnabas)
August 2011
Casson’s Creations
All Saints’, Thorpe Malsor
May 2011
Suffolk Splendour
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
February 2011
Noble Nicholson enhances creative Cardiff
November 2010
Perfection Preserved
The Harrison & Harrison organ, St Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol
August 2010
Innovation at the Inn
Organs of Lincoln’s Inn Chapel, London
May 2010
All the colours of the rainbow
Glorious colour in British organ cases
February 2010
Llandaff Cathedral
November 2009
Mr Downes’ Delight?
St Albans Cathedral revisted
August 2009
London’s best kept secret
St Ethelreda’s, Holborn
May 2009
A mighty midget in Mansfield Woodhouse
February 2009
A Hill refreshed
Bangor Cathedral
November 2008
Little and large
St Paul’s Cathedral; St Giles’ Cripplegate
August 2008
Thirty-three and fancy-free
St John’s College Oxford
Jesus College Cambridge
May 2008
In and out of the box
St Helen’s Norwich; Bulwell, Nottingham
Uppingham School
February 2008
Imagination triumphs where space is limited
Small instruments in small spaces
November 2007
The Organs of Kenneth Jones
August 2007
A tale of two chapels
Glenalmond College, Scotland
Trinity Hall, Cambridge
May 2007
Hamburg comes to Marlborough
The new Beckerath instrument in
Marlborough College chapel
February 2007
West end wonders
Arundel Cathedral
Cheltenham Ladies’ College
November 2006
St Matthew’s, Northampton
August 2006
A tale of two cases
St Michael’s, Linby
St Peter’s, St Albans
May 2006
Beauty and the beast
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
Bridlington Priory
February 2006
New instruments
Nigawa Gakuin School, Japan
All Saints’, Leamington Hastings
St Joseph’s RC Church, Rugely
November 2005
A pair of nag’s heads
Ponsonby Baptist Church, Auckland, NZ
St George’s RC Church, York
August 2005
Something old, something new
St Alban’s Church, Copenhagen
Meeting House, Cape Cod, USA
St Mary’s, Streatley

Other published articles

The Organ of St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray
A privately-published booklet on the history and recent rebuilding of the organ
Cathedral Music, 2017
A Career at Southwell   Paul Hale's valedictory article in Cathedral Music
Organ Building, Volume 7
An appreciation of Frank Bradbeer’s impact on organ building   reproduced from Organ Building volume 7 by kind permission of the Institute of British Organ Building
Audience Guide to the RAH Organ
An essay printed in a Royal Albert Hall organ recital programme
Treasury of English Cathedral Music
a review published in the Guild of Church Musicians Yearbook 2012