The Church Organ

Our Church Organ

Every organ is unique in that it must suit the acoustics and architecture of the room that houses it and St John’s organ is no different in this respect.

The Instrument's History

Originally, the instrument was built by Hill, Norman and Beard and was purchased by a local ship-owner, the late Bertram Pardoe Thomas,  who installed it in his house at “Pardoeham” in Fields Park Road, Newport.

During the fire, the organ, which had been housed in the north transept, was destroyed along with all the fittings, including the beautiful wood-carved reredos depicting The Last Supper.

While the church was rebuilt, services continued in the Parish Hall in Victoria Avenue accompanied by a harmonium and later a small electronic organ was used when the church reopened.

In 1957 “Pardoeham” was put up for sale and the Vicar, the late Canon John Stephens, negotiated with the owners to purchase the organ. Messrs Hele of Plymouth sent an expert to inspect the organ at “Pardoeham” and he reported that, with the addition of certain stops, the organ would be most suitable for use in St. John’s. The organ was purchased and removed to St. John’s where it was installed in the north transept.

The original pneumatic action was replaced by electro-pneumatic action and the following stops were added:

Great Organ: Principal 4ft; Fifteenth 2ft; Claribel Flute 8ft

Choir Organ: Concert Flute 4ft

Swell Organ: Geigen Principal 8ft; Mixture (15.19.22) 3 ranks

Pedal Organ: Lieblich Bourdon 16ft (from Swell); Bass flute 8ft (from Sub-Bass); Quint 10  2/3ft (from Sub-Bass)

The organ then had a total of 30 speaking stops.

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