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Paul Hale

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organ consultant · organ recitalist

Completed projects

cathedrals & concert halls

Auckland, New Zealand, Holy Trinity Cathedral
consultant for new 93-stop 4-manual organ built by Nicholsons, 2015-17
Belfast, St Anne’s Cathedral
assessment of needs
Belfast, Ulster Hall
restoration of the famous Hill/Mander concert organ
Birmingham, St Philip’s Cathedral
new 4-manual Nicholson organ (1987) using old and new pipework
Bradford Cathedral
phase one of a refurbishment (the console) complete
phase two (revised Positive Organ) recently completed
Carlisle Cathedral
advising on restoration work by David Wells
Chelmsford Cathedral
compiling a report for the Dean and Chapter over modest refurbishment work
Doncaster Minster
restoration of actions etc of 5-manual Schulze instrument (Andrew Carter)
Down Cathedral, Northern Ireland
developing plans for the refurbishment of the Harrison & Harrison organ
Dundee Cathedral
report and recommendations for restoration
Dunstable Priory
report and recommendations for the restoration and improvement of the organ
Lancaster Town Hall
partial restoration, by Principal Pipe Organs
Leicester Cathedral
restoration by Harrison & Harrison (2003)
Leicester, De Montfort Hall
Lottery-funded historic restoration, by Richard Young
Lincoln Cathedral
minor advice to the Dean and Chapter on the current works being carried out by H&H to the Swell and Pedal departments, during restoration work in the North Transept
Manchester Cathedral
design and supervision of new 4-manual organ made by Kenneth Tickell & Co, 2015-17
Newcastle, St Mary’s Cathedral
new 3-manual organ built by Kenneth Tickell
Tickell’s web site (opens new tab/window)
console photo
Newcastle, City Hall
conservation report for Newcastle City Council on the renowned Harrison & Harrison organ
Norwich Cathedral
preparing a report, followed by advice given over five years towards the most appropriate rebuilding scheme
Oxford, Christ Church Cathedral
redesign of Rieger console, new playing aids, etc
Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight
helping with the project for Andrew Cooper to restore the important Mutin / Cavaillé-Coll to an original condition
Ripon Cathedral
advising the Dean and Chapter over the forthcoming Harrison & Harrison organ restoration
Rochdale Town Hall
consultant for assessing necessary works on the Binns / Walker organ
Rochester Cathedral
new Mander organ, using old and new pipework
Romsey Abbey
report on the historic Walker organ
Rotherham Minster
detailed report for the PCC for the rebuilding of the famous Snetzler/Harrison/Wood organ
Salisbury Cathedral
Advising over refurbishment work to be carried out by Harrison & Harrison during 2019, to include a new Willis pattern Pedal Fifteenth
Selby Abbey
consultant for the restoration of the famous Hill / Hill Norman & Beard organ
Sheffield, St Marie’s R. C. Cathedral
consultant for the restoration of the 1875 Lewis organ
Southwark Cathedral
assessment of water damage to Lewis organ
Southwell Minster (1)
Wood installation of a 3-manual Binns instrument (1992)
Southwell Minster web site (opens new tab/window)
Southwell Minster (2)
new Nicholson 4-manual screen organ (1996)
Southwell Minster web site (opens new tab/window)
Tewkesbury Abbey
the Grove Organ: production of a detailed Conservation Report and Recommendations for the Vicar and PCC
Truro Cathedral
Advising over restoration work to the wind system and the replacement of the Swell engine
Wimborne Minster
comprehensive report written for the refurbishment of this famous Walker organ

schools and universities

Bradfield College
supervising full restoration by Andrew Cooper of the Compton organ, now under way
Cambridge, Corpus Christi College
developing plans for the refurbishment of the Mander organ
Cambridge, Magdalene College
a report on the suitability of the chapel organ for current and future needs
Canterbury, The King’s School
commissioning proposals for a new organ for the Shirley Hall
Dauntey’s School
consultant for the development and augmentation of the Percy Daniels organ
Glasgow University Chapel
3-manual Willis instrument, rebuilt by Harrison & Harrison
Paul Hale's Organists' Review article (opens new tab/window)
Glenalmond College
new 2-manual instrument by Harrison & Harrison
Paul Hale's Organists' Review article (opens new tab/window)
console photo
Hazelwood Preparatory School
double-case organ by Roger Pulham
Keele University
advising on the restoration and completion of the 1964 Rushworth & Dreaper organ and the construction of the casework to the original designs of George Pace
Leicester Grammar School
new Phoenix organ
London, City of London School
new reeds, mixtures and actionwork by J W Walker
London, St Saviour & St Olave's School
new two-manual organ by Norwich
Manchester University, Whitworth Hall
consultant for the restoration and rebuilding in 2013-4 by David Wells of the renowned Henry Willis II / J W Walker organ
Marlborough College
new 4-manual instrument by Beckerath
Oxford, Merton College
consultant for the large 3-manual Dobson (USA) organ
Dobson’s web site (opens new tab/window)
read the article in ‘The American Organist’ (opens new tab/window)
Ratcliffe College
designing a new tonal scheme and supervising the rebuild by Alan Goulding, 2013-14
Repton School
Harrison & Harrison 3-manual restoration (H & H)
Rugby School
supervising the replacement of the key actions in the chapel organ
Solihull School
Nicholson rebuild of 3-manual instrument
Stonyhurst College
preparing reports on all the College organs, particularly the renowned Willis
Tonbridge School
Mander rebuild of Binns organ, later destroyed by fire
University of Sussex, Meeting House
refurbishment of Grant, Degens & Bradbeer organ
Paul Hale's Organists' Review article (opens new tab/window)
console photo
Worksop College Chapel
major 3-manual rebuild by Carter (2000)


Alderley, St Philip
advising on and supervising refurbishment work by Sixsmith organs
Ambleside, St Mary the Virgin
restoration of water-damaged Hope-Jones by John Lightbown
Ashbourne Parish Church
restoration of Hill Norman & Beard rebuild by Groves of Nottingham
Bainton, St Andrew
full restoration of Forster & Andrews organ by Andrew Carter
Barcheston, St Martin
new Henry Groves west end organ built in casework designed by the late Kenneth Tickell
Barry, All Saints’ Parish Church, South Wales
consultant for assessing necessary works following water damage to the organ
Bath, Christ Church
advising over restoration and improvement work
Bathwick, St Mary
writing a conservation report about the fine Father Willis organ
Battersea, St Luke
Harrison & Harrison rebuild of Lewis & Co organ
Bedford, St Andrew
new Harrison & Harrison organ completed in early 2017
Belfast, St John
major tonal rebuild of the Norman & Beard / Prosser organ
Beverley, St Mary
assessing the development or replacement of the current 4-manual organ
Bierley, St Wilfrid
developing plans for the refurbishment of the HN&B organ
Bishop’s Stortford, St Michael
complete rebuild of organ by Mander Organs
Borrowash Methodist Church
advising on moving and rebuilding of the organ
Boxmoor Parish Church
new 2-manual instrument by Nicholson
Brampton Parish Church
refurbishment of Jardine / Wilkinson organ (Nicholson)
Bridlington Priory organ
£500,000 scheme by Nicholson (2005/6)
web site (opens new tab/window)
Great soundboard image
Bristol Polish Church
reporting on fire damage
Broomhill Parish Church
refurbishment by Wood of Huddersfield, summer 2014: planning and supervision
Broughty Ferry Episcopal Church
supervising new console and transmission, by Malcolm Lightbown, 2014
Builth Wells Parish Church
developing plans to refurbish the Conacher organ
Burton Joyce, St Helen’s Church
new organ (Principal Pipe Organs) (2005)
Cambridge, Our Lady & the English Martyrs
Nicholson restoration (2002)
Cambridge, University Church
new 3-manual chancel organ by Kenneth Jones
Cardiff, St German
advising over the refurbishment of the wind system in this famous Hill organ
Clewer (Windsor), St Stephen & St Agnes
advising on problems with recent work to the organ
Clyffe Pypard Parish Church
surveying and reporting on the historical single manual Ingram organ
Coalville, Christ Church
restoration of Porritt instrument (Groves of Nottingham)
Cosby, St Michael and All Angels
planning and supervising the 2014 restoration by Paul Daly
Cound (Staffordshire), St Peter
supervising restorative works by Henry Groves & Son
Cowes, Holy Trinity
assessing proposals for a rebuild by Clevedon Organs
Cranbrook Parish Church
major recasting of Willis/Hill organ by Nicholson
Darlington, St Cuthbert
long term plan for rebuild of Forster & Andrews/Binns, Fitton & Haley/Bishop organ (Principal)
East Auckland, St Helen’s Church
reconstruction with new mechanical action and Great soundboard of two-manual Postill / Nelson organ (Principal Pipe Organs)
East Stratton, All Saints
supervising restoration after severe water penetration
Eccleston, St Mary the Virgin
a programme of work for rebuilding and augmenting the Brindley & Foster organ
Edenbridge Parish Church
two-organ installation by Percy Daniel
Edgbaston, St Augustine
drawing up a report and recommending a scheme for major rebuilding
Eglwysbach Methodist Chapel, North Wales
planning and supervising the 2013-14 David Wood restoration of a historic Thomas Casson organ
Enfield, St Mary Magdalene
report and recommendations for the restoration and improvement of the organ
Epperstone Parish Church
new organ by Henry Groves of Nottingham
Falmouth, All Saints
survey the organ and prepare a Report & Recommendations
Glasgow, St Aloysius Catholic Church
report on the condition of the existing organ, which will be replaced by their Van den Heuvel organ recently removed from the Royal Academy of Music
Glastonbury, St John the Baptist
plans for rebuild and enlargement of present organ
Harrogate, St Wilfrid
restoration of Harrison & Harrison with a new case
Hemel Hempstead, St Mary
survey the organ and prepare a Report & Recommendations
Hexham, St Mary’s Catholic Church
advise on the replacement of the present organ with a redundant Wells Kennedy instrument from Belfast
Hillsborough Parish Church, Northern Ireland
developing plans for the refurbishment of the Snetzler / Wells-Kennedy organ
Honley, St Mary
advising on the restoration of a fine 3-manual pneumatic Conacher
Hull, Holy Trinity Church
report on Forster & Andrews/Compton instrument
Humberston, St James (Grimsby)
consultant for restoration of seriously fire-damaged Peter Collins organ
Humberston, St Peter's Church
new Peter Collins organ (1997)
Hythe, St Leonard’s Church
report developed for restoration work to the 1936 H&H, by Brownes of Canterbury
Ickleford, St Katherine
restoration by Clevedon Organs, with an additional stop, of the 1911 J.W.Walker organ
Ilkeston St John
advise on a partial pneumatic restoration, grant aided, by Henry Groves & Son
Kidwelly, St Mary
advise on the addition of a Great Trumpet, in memory of David and Hazel Gedge
King's Bromley Parish Church
restoration of Nicholson & Lord 2-manual instrument by Michael Thompson
King's Lynn, St Margaret's Priory
planning and supervising additions to the Snetzler/Wordsworth/Rushworth/Holmes & Swift organ, to be made during 2013-15 by Holmes & Swift in association with Nicholsons
web site (opens new tab/window)
King's Sutton, S.Peter & S.Paul
surveying Hill / Noterman organ
Ladybarn, St Chad
supervise partial pneumatic restoration
Leeds, All Souls', Blackman Lane
report on the famous 3-manual tubular-pneumatic Abbott and Smith organ
Leek, St Edward's Church
rebuild of 3-manual Jardine instrument by Principal Pipe Organs
console photo
Leicester, Bishop Street Methodist Church
supervising the Henry Groves & Son restoration of the HNB organ and the historic case. Completed early 2017.
Leyland, St James
advising over installing of a new console and electrical transmission
London - Ely Place, Holborn
new organ for St Etheldreda's RC church (Späth)
Loughborough, All Saints’ Parish Church
assessment of the Binns / Willis organ and the church's future needs
Maidenhead, St Mary
supervising the making and installation of a new Henry Groves organ for the reordered church
Manchester, Moravian Church
rebuild by John Jackson (2000)
Market Bosworth, St Peter
complete rebuild of Porritt organ now
Marshchapel, Lincolnshire
installation of redundant Forster & Andrews organ (Groves of Nottingham)
Mayfield, St Dunstan's Parish Church, East Sussex
consultant for improvements to the Walker organ
Melbourne Parish Church, Derbyshire
advising over the provision of a new organ
Melton Mowbray, St Mary
major Henry Groves rebuild and modernisation of the large Walker organ
Newcastle-under-Lyme, St Giles
major water damage restoration by Michael Thompson
Newnham (Cambridge) St Mark
planning and supervising complete rebuild by Henry Groves of Nottingham, 2014
Orford, St Bartholomew
supervising the installation and refurbishment by Cousans Organs of the Peter Collins organ formerly in the Turner Sims Concert Hall at the University of Southampton
Oswestry, St Oswald's Church
planning and supervising Nicholson 2014 rebuild of the fine Hill instrument
Oxford (Wolvercote), St Peter
signing-off new organ by Robin Jennings, completed early 2017
Oxford, St Stephen's House
report written for development or replacing of the Nicholson 1-manual organ
Peterborough, St John the Baptist
planning and supervising the 2018 restoration and completion of the H&H organ by Pipe Organ Services
Pitchcombe Parish Church, Gloucestershire
advice on replacing current 'Positif' organ with an 1840 James Corps instrument from St Wilfrid's church, Chichester
organ case
Platt Parish Church
2-manual rebuild (Hill, Norman & Beard)
Potters Bar, St Mary
supervising the installation and refurbishment by Henry Groves Ltd of the Lewis/Walker organ from St Alkmund’s church, Derby
Quorn Parish Church
rebuild of Taylor 2-manual instrument (Groves of Nottingham)
Repton Parish Church
new Peter Collins organ (1998)
Rishworth, St John
reporting on severe water damage
Royton, St Paul
advice over the restoration of Wadsworth/Harrison & Harrison organ
Royton, St Paul (Lancashire):
overseeing refurbishment by Henry Willis & Sons Ltd of 3-manual Wadsworth / Harrison & Harrison
Rushall, St Matthew
conservation report and recommendations for historic one-manual William Hill organ
Sheffield, Endcliffe
rebuilding of altered Keates organ
Sidcup, St John
drawing up a report for restoring the Willis / Browne organ
Solihull, St Alphege
advice over minor improvement to the HN&B / Nicholson
Southsea, St Luke
writing a report on this important 1867 Hunter organ
Spilsby, St James
conservation report written on the famous Hill organ
Spridlington Parish Church
restoration of Nicholson of Lincoln 2-manual instrument (Andrew Carter)
St Albans, Marlborough Road Methodist Church
producing report and recommendations for restoration and improvement of the HNB organ
Stafford, St Mary
contracted as consultant for a restoration of the famous Harrison & Harrison organ, whenever that takes place
Stanningley, St Thomas's Church
restoration of 1906 Binns instrument
Steep, All Saints
advising on the Andrew Cooper refurbishment of the organ, starting in late 2019
Stirling, Holy Trinity
report for the rebuilding of the 3-manual organ
Stoke on Trent, Holy Trinity (Hartshill)
reporting on major water damage and supervising Henry Groves 2016 restoration
Stourbridge, St Thomas
Consultant for the rebuilding of the G P England / Nicholson & Lord organ
Sudden (Rochdale), St Aidan
producing a report and recommendations for restoration and improvement of the large Willis organ
Sunderland, Holy Trinity
producing a conservation report on the significant Nelson organ, at the request of the Churches Conservation Trust
Tenbury, St Michael’s College
Consultant for the next stage of restoration of the Father Willis organ
Thorpe Malsor Parish Church
restoration of unique 3-manual Casson instrument (Wood of Huddersfield)
Tonbridge Parish Church
3-manual rebuild (Kenneth James)
Tudeley Parish Church
Roger Pulham instrument inspired by Father Smith
web site (opens new tab/window)
Organ case
Uppingham, St Peter & St Paul
reporting on possible improvements to the Harrison & Harrison / Collins organ
Wakefield, Westgate Chapel
restoration of historic 1847 Booth organ (Wood)
Walkley, St Mary
reporting on the Brindley & Foster organ and devising a plan for the future
Waltham, All Saints
rebuild of Brindley & Foster organ (Groves of Nottingham)
Wellington, All Saints
advising on refurbishment work
Wells-next-the-sea, St Nicholas
advising on the restoration of the 1888 Forster & Andrews organ
West Penwith (Cornwall), St Peter's Church
advice on replacing current organ with a redundant Compton instrument
Weston (Bath), All Saints
conservation report on historic Sweetland organ
Whitehaven, St James
restoration by Mander Organs of historic Norman & Beard following severe water damage
Wiltshire Music Centre
plans for a new recital hall organ on hold
Winterton, All Saints
full restoration by Groves; completion in early 2016
Withington, St Paul (Manchester)
recommendations for replacement of current organ
Wolverhampton, St Peter’s Collegiate Church
supervising complete rebuild of Willis organ (2018-2019) by Michael Farley
Wootton (Oxon), St Peter
report on existing organ with a view to replacing it with an instrument more appropriate for the church's needs
Worthing, St Andrew
a report and recommendations for the restoration and improvement of the organ
York, Central Methodist Church
advice on pedal organ restoration, to complete the large refurbishment carried out by Principal Pipe Organs