Photo by Thomas Pinnegar
Photo: Thomas Pinnegar 2008

Concerts at Hammerwood

HAMMERWOOD PARK 2011

East Grinstead, Sussex, RH19 3QE - TEL 01342 850594


Each month, often on a weekday evening or Saturday afternoon we organise a concert in the Library which usually starts at 7.45pm or Saturday afternoons at 4pm. The range includes piano recitals, string duets and quartets, organ recitals, choral works and, normally once each summer a full orchestra in the Staircase Hall.

Sometimes there are additional concerts during public opening, starting at 4pm and on those days, the tour is usually curtailed at 3.20pm.

2012 CONCERTS - more to be added

We look forward to seeing you.

Please do try to let us know that you're coming (it saves my grey hairs to know that we have an audience in the week before) by telephoning 01342 850594

Donations - £12 members - £15 non members - Children NOTHING - Adults bringing children HALF PRICE

  • Saturday 18th December - 4pm - John Clark Maxwell - Organ - a programme of sparkling organ favourites - Bach D Minor, Brahms, Reger Passagaclia and other brilliant pieces. John is a brilliant young organist from Eton College and this concert will sparkle. -->

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    The organ is dead. The organ is only heard in Church. The Organ is boring.

    No it's not. It's alive. It's fun and it is played at Hammerwood Park!

    Organs at Hammerwood

    There are two pipe organs at Hammerwood which are played regularly and all organists are welcome to play during public opening! In the Elgin Room there is a house organ which was made by Hunter in the 1890s and subsequently given to the Royal School of Church Music which we purchased and rebuilt here in 1994. Although small (9ft cube with 11 ranks of pipes) it will play anything - from Handel to Widor. The tremulant transforms it into quite a cinema style if one wants it.

    The other pipe organ is in the library and is a chamber organ in 18th century style made by Sprague in 1854. It has four ranks of pipes, is without a pedal board and is tuned to an unequal temperament most suitable for the works of John Stanley and many other 18th century composers.

    There is also a 1937 Hammond E electric organ (one of the very first) in the Elgin Room which plays through two ex-Compton speakers but this pales and sounds dull and disappointing next to the pipe organ. It formerly served the Founder's Chapel of Charterhouse School.

    We are most grateful to both Matthew Copley of Organ Design, Surbiton and Paul Rayner Brown of Wood Brown Organ Builders, Burgess Hill, for their generous assistance with the pipe organs.

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    Makin organ at Hammerwood Park from Londonderry Cathedral

    Former specification of 1993 Makin organ at Hammerwood Park, formerly at LondonDerry Cathedral

    GREAT

    SWELL

    CHOIR

    PEDAL


    Contra Salicional 16
    Open Diap 8
    Stopped Diap 8
    Wald Flute 4
    Principal 4
    Twelfth 2 2/3
    Fifteenth 2
    Fourniture IV
    Posaune 8

    Voix Celeste 8
    Geigen Diap 8
    Echo Gamba 8
    Lieblich Gedekt 8
    Stopped Flute 4
    Principal 4
    Fifteenth 2
    Mixture V
    Oboe 8
    Clarion 4
    Trumpet 8
    Contra Fagotto 16

    Gedekt 8
    Dulciana 8
    Hohl Flute 8
    Chimney Flute 4
    Nazard 2 2/3
    Block Flute 2
    Larigot 1 1/3
    Tierce
    Clarinet 8
    Tuba 8

    Bourdon 16
    Violone 16
    Open Wood 16
    Bass Flute 8
    Octave 8
    Choral Bass 4
    Trumpet 8
    Trombone 16
    Notes:
    Great: Fourniture IV is very bright and arguably should be drawn only on top of the Posaune
    Swell: Mixture V goes brilliantly alone with the Geigen Diapason for Bach
    Pedal: Trumpet and Trombone combined is as good as an Ophicliede
    Sound: the instrument was 12 channel and speaks through 10 internal 60 watt amplifiers with the addition of a 100 watt per channel unit for some stops on the Pedal organ and the Tuba on the Choir. As currently installed and now considerably enlarged, internal reverberation is ignored and a further output feeds controlled multi-channel reverberation. This controlled acoustic arrangement provides optimum listenability together with an excellent dry sound source when required, for instance, for film sound track recordings.

    Specification of enlarged 5 manual organ at Hammerwood Park, formerly at LondonDerry Cathedral

    GREAT

    SWELL

    CHOIR

    SOLO

    ECHO / POSITIF

    PEDAL


    Contra Salicional 16
    Open Diap 8
    Stopped Diap 8
    Wald Flute 4
    Principal 4
    Twelfth 2 2/3
    Fifteenth 2
    Fourniture IV
    Posaune 8

    For use as French Grand-Orgue
    Small Open Diapason 8
    Flauto Mirabilis 8 (tuned flat for use with Vox Humana)
    Concert Flute 4
    Quint Flute 2 2/3
    Piccolo 2
    Vox Humana 8

    For use mainly for French Baroque
    Gemshorn 8
    Gemshorn Celeste 8
    Flûte à cheminée 4
    Koppelflöte 4
    Plein Jeu IV-V
    Bombarde 16
    Harmonic Trumpet 8
    Corno di Bassetto 8 (Cromorne)
    Festival Trumpet 8
    Clairon 4
    Montre 8
    Holzgedackt 8
    Flûte Harmonique 8
    Flûte Octaviante 4
    Octave 2
    Cymbale III
    Moucherel Reeds 16, 8

    Voix Celeste 8
    Geigen Diap 8
    Echo Gamba 8
    Lieblich Gedekt 8
    Stopped Flute 4
    Principal 4
    Fifteenth 2
    Mixture V
    Oboe 8
    Clarion 4
    Trumpet 8
    Contra Fagotto 16

    (From Echo II)
    Holzflote 8'
    Gamba 8'
    Vox Celeste 8'
    Flute 4'
    Waldflote 2'
    Quinte 1 1/3'
    Sesqualter II
    Vox Humana 8'

    For use as French Recit
    Bourdon 16
    Principal 8
    Flûte à cheminée 8
    Unda Maris 8
    Octave 4
    Spitzflöte 4
    Nasard 2 2/3
    Superoctave 2


    Gedekt 8
    Dulciana 8
    Hohl Flute 8
    Chimney Flute 4
    Nazard 2 2/3
    Block Flute 2
    Larigot 1 1/3
    Tierce 1 3/5 (Configurable as Grand Tierce for French Baroque)
    Clarinet 8
    Tuba 8

    For use as French Grand-Choeur
    Cello 8
    Cello Celeste 8
    Cornet des Bombardes IV
    Cornopean 16
    Clarinet 8
    Salizional 8
    Quintadena 8
    Cor Anglais 8
    Tuba Mirabilis 8
    Clarion 4
    Gedackt 8
    Gamba 8
    Nachthorn 4
    Cymbale III
    Cornet III
    Oboe 8

    Contregambe 16
    Diapason 8
    *Bourdon 8
    Quintadena 8
    *Flûte harmonique 8
    (Tuned as Unda Maris with Bourdon for use with the 4ft Flute and Corno di Basetto as an Italian Vox Humana)
    *Flûte octaviante 4
    *Terz 1 3/5
    Larigot 1 1/3'
    Septime 1 1/7
    Scharff III
    Bombarde 16
    Trompette 8
    *Corno di bassetto 8 (Cromorne)
    *Clairon 4
    Tuba Mirabilis 8
    Tubular Bells (2 octaves)
    (*Assignable to bottom manual as Positif for French Baroque)
    Echo I
    Principal 8'
    Rohrflote 8'
    Octave 4'
    Quinte2 2/3'
    Octave 2'
    Mixture IV
    Trumpet 8'
    Coupler to floating Echo II

    Bourdon 16
    Violone 16
    Open Wood 16
    Bass Flute 8
    Octave 8
    Choral Bass 4
    Trumpet 8
    Trombone 16

    Additions
    Soubasse 32
    Contre Basson 32
    Contrebombarde 32
    Contre Violone 32
    Violone 16
    Contre Gambe 16
    Ophicleide 16
    Bombarde 16
    Subbass 16'
    Bombarde 16'
    Gedekt 8'
    Octave 4'
    Trumpet 8'

    Notes:
    Sound: the instrument is now in excess of 30 channels in addition to reverberation channels.

    Not many organs in England are capable of this . . . :

    Specification of 1893 Hunter organ at Hammerwood Park, formerly at Addington Palace, RSCM

    orginally made for a house in Dorking and subsequently given to C F Waters at Ewell Congregational Church

    GREAT

    SWELL

    PEDAL


    Open Diapason 8
    Stopped Diapason 8
    Dulciana 8
    Principal 4
    Harmonic Flute 2

    Open Diapason 8
    Lieblich Gedakt 8
    Voix Celeste 8
    Salicional 8
    Principal 4
    Oboe 8

    Bourdon 16
    Notes:
    Great:
    • Harmonic Flute was at 4ft pitch and altered to 2ft. Blends well and adds soft brilliance.
    • Dulciana and Harmonic Flute (Piccolo) excellent for Baroque
    Swell:
    • Oboe works as Trumpet when untamed by open swell. Unfortunately with the temperature extremes of the Elgin Room it is normally out of tune and has to be tuned on the day of a recital.

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    We have just been given a pianola. It's a basic one and it needs some repair to pneumatic motors but the piano is good and great fun . . .

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    Sound Recording at Hammerwood


    The house is also used for sound recording projects and provides a good selection of acoustics and instruments.


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