Chamber organ

Commissioned by Cappella Novocastriensis

Chamber organ from the front, showing pipes and light oak casingIn 1999, with the aid of the Lottery Fund, the City of Newcastle, the Sir James Knott Trust and individual subscriptions, Cappella commissioned a portable transposable chamber organ from Neil Richerby of Lammermuir Pipeorgans.

This organ, his ‘Opus 35’, has become an invaluable asset to the choir’s performances.

A serious work of art…

Inside of organ, showing square pipes from aboveSpecification:
1m, 3 stops, chest organ.
2′ facade with pointed centre tower; oak carved pipeshades designed by Lorna Richerby.

Gedackt 8′ Oak and walnut
Nason Flute 4′ Oak and walnut
Principal 2′ 25% tin, in facade

The inside story …

Organ maker and assistant in their workshop

The Organ Builder, Neil Richerby with Lorna Richerby, of Lammermuir Pipe Organs

Neil Richerby served his apprenticeship with Church & Co. in Northumberland after studying organ performance at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He then worked for N P Mander Ltd in London while studying at the Gerwerblicheberufsschule fur Musikinstrumegntenbau in Ludwigsburg, Germany. This led to employment with the South German firm of Monch und Prachtell Orgelbau in Uberlingen am Bodensee, and then as organbuilder and designer for Brunzema Organs Inc, Fergus, Ontario, Canada.

Organ maker tapping with a light hammer on an organ pipe on bench

“Here’s one I made earlier”

Lammermuir Pipe Organs workshop began in the former village school in the hamlet of Oldhamstocks which nestles among the hills at the eastern end of the Lammermuir Hills in East Lothian. In 1989 the building was enlarged by the addition of a fully-equipped machine room. As space was always somewhat limited and also because of a fire in March 2000 that started in the machine room roof, a new workshop has been built in a stunning position overlooking the 12th century village church and with panoramic views of the hills. Visit Neil Richerby’s website at lammermuir pipe organs.