St Stephen’s is proud of it’s musical traditions and uses a pipe organ to accompany all services. It was last rebuilt by F. H. Brownes and Sons in 1964 with Allan Wicks, then Organist and Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral as advisor.
The organ has served the church well in a period that has seen increased demands made upon it in the range or music and accompaniment of the choir that it is called upon to realise. Like all things mechanical, time causes wear and tear and consequently in 2007 several organ builders were approached to look at the instrument and see how it could be improved. As a result of this process, Brownes were asked to draw up detailed plans to support their proposals, but plans are currently on hold while we take a more careful look at how we use the church building for worship now, and in years to come.
St Stephen’s Church, Canterbury: Current Specification
F. H. Brownes and Son, 1964
|Great||Compass CC-G, 56 notes|
|Open Diapason||8′||Metal, Bottom octave in case front|
|Leiblich Gedackt||8′||Metal, bottom octave wood|
|Dulciana||8′||Metal, bottom octave from L.G.|
|Swell to Great||8′|
|Swell Octave to Great||4′|
|Swell||Compass CC-G, 56 notes|
|Geigen Diapason||8′||Metal, bottom octave wood|
|Salicional||8′||Metal, bottom octave from S.D.|
|Swell Sub Octave||16′|
|Pedal||Compass CC-F, 30 notes|
|Octave Quint||5 1/3′||Extension|
|Great to Pedal|
|Swell to Pedal|
|Swell Octave to Pedal|
Balanced Swell Pedal.
4 divisional thumb pistons to Great and Swell.
Swell to Great and Great to Pedal reversable thumb piston.
Great to Pedal reversable toe piston.
Radiating and concave pedal board.
Casework divided each side of north window in north transept.