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Orchard Road Presbyterian Church (Chapel)

Singapore, Singapore

Builder: Walker & Taylor/Robert Navaratnam

Year: 1925

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surveyed:2018

Status: Playable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Chapel Organ

This organ was a one-manual organ built in 1925, with a nameplate that read ‘Lincoln, England’. It was formerly housed in the Freemason Lodge. At about 1970, when the Freemason Lodge acquired the new two-manual J.W Walker organ (see Freemason Lodge for details), this small mechanical-action organ was moved to Orchard Road Presbyterian Church. It was about 1976 that it was set up in the sanctuary, next to the main organ.

This organ was then moved to the chapel in 1986. By 1991, the organ was converted to electric action, with the original manual attached to the casework removed. A new two-manual free-standing console was built by Robert Navaratnam. The player would sit on the console facing the pipework. A new swell division (unenclosed) was added along with a new windchest and 5 ranks of pipes.

At about 2015, another windchest of  4 ranks of pipes were transferred from Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd to the chapel organ. The organ is now fully electric.

The bass flute for the pedal is still vacant at current time of writing.

The use of multiple windchests also helped minimize wind pressure fluctuations, by isolating the pipes of each division. Thus the large consumption of wind on the larger pipes , which may cause wind pressure to sag and pitch drops, will be contained within the  division.

 


 

Technical Specifications (1925 – 1991)  Walker & Taylor

Stoplist

 

Great

Open Diapason 8’

Gamba 8’

Celeste 8’

Flute 8’

Principal 4’

Piccolo 2’

Tremulant

 

 

Pedal

Bourdon 16’

 

 

 

 

Other Info:

Number of Manuals

I / P

Key Action

Mechanical

Stop / Coupler Action

Mechanical

 

 

 

 

 


 

Technical Specifications (1991 – 2015)  Walker & Taylor/Robert Navaratnam

Stoplist

 

Great

Open Diapason 8’

Gamba 8’

Celeste 8’

Flute 8’

Principal 4’

Piccolo 2’

Tremulant

 

 

Swell

Gedeck 8’

Flute 4’

Quinte 2 2/3’

Terz 1 3/5’

Schwiegel 2’

Pedal

Bourdon 16’

Bassflute 8’

 

 

 

 

 

Other Info:

Number of Manuals

II / P

Key Action

Electric

Stop / Coupler Action

Electric

 

 

 

 


 

Technical Specifications (2015-Present)  Walker & Taylor/Robert Navaratnam

Stoplist

 

Great

Open Diapason 8’

Gamba 8’

Celeste 8’

Flute 8’

Principal 4’

Piccolo 2’

Tremulant

 

 

Swell

Gedeck 8

Gedeck Flute 8’’

Flute 4’

Octave 4’

Quinte 2 2/3’

Terz 1 3/5’

Waldflute 2’

Schwiegel 2’

Sifflute 1’

Pedal

Bourdon 16’

Bassflute 8’

 

 

 

 

Other Info:

Number of Manuals

II / P

Key Action

Electric

Stop / Coupler Action

Electric

 

 

 

 


 

Pictures

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Photos:

Articles Contribution: Robert Navaratnam, Yap Wai Hoong

References: Organs in Asia, by James Welch, The American Organist article July 1988

Used with permission