Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Kidlington

St Mary's Kidlington


Music at St Mary's: the Organ

Music at St Mary's:the Organ

In the early 19th century, singing in St Mary's was accompanied by a band of instrumentalists. In 1836 the church had a barrel organ installed -- an example of this type of instrument remains in the nearby church of St Giles in Hampton Gay ( NPOR D01146). It was replaced in 1888 by a conventional organ, built by Father Willis ( NPOR N09520) and placed in the North Transept.

It was radically rebuilt ( NPOR K00214) in 1976 by Richard Vendome and Paul Hale (then former organ scholars in Oxford) with the assistance of a group of volunteers from the church and technical input from Grant, Degens and Bradbeer, organ builders. Much of the Willis wooden pipework was reused. The manual and pedal action is tracker, and the stop action is mechanical to the manual divisions, but electric to the pedal division.. The case is taken from a mid 15th century design.

A journal article about the design and construction of the organ appeared in the Musical Times in 1977.



GreatPrincipal 8
(Man I)Chimney Flute8
Octave 4
Nason Flute 4
Principal 2
Sesquialtera II
Mixture IV-V
Trumpet (en chamade) 8

(Man II)Stopped Flute4

PedalSub Bass16
Quint2 2/3
Septima4 4/7

Tremulantto Man I,II