All Hallows’ Church is the proud possessor of the last new organ to be built by the eminent British firm of William Hill & Sons in 1915.
The Organ was supervised by Dr. Arthur George Hill. With the exception of the Solo expression box, which was added by the Hill team, then part of Hill Norman & Beard in 1916,
It remains today mechanically and tonally as it was built, providing a wonderful insight into British organ building, tonal finishing and pneumatic engineering at that time.
It contains 49 stops over 4 manuals and pedals, giving a wide tonal palate, ranging from the ethereal to the magisterial and thrilling.
It operates through a “charge pneumatic” system, where the wind supply of the organ is used to convey the motion from the keys to the pipes. This action uses hundreds of “motors” made from wood and fine sheepskin. Many of these still contain their original 1915 leather, which is now at the very end of its life.
It is hoped that the instrument may be refurbished for its centenary for the benefit of future generations.
The organ was awarded a Grade I historical listing by the British Institute of Organ Studies in August 2009.