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organ 209

November 2019

2 manuals
18 speaking stops


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St Mary Magdalene

Tanworth-in-Arden

Builders

Joshua Porritt & Son, 1907



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This year's BOA annual service was a joint event with the Birmingham branch of the Royal School of Church Music.  It was held at the 13th century church of St Mary Magdalene in the small Warwickshire village of Tanworth-in-Arden, which all looked particularly attractive in the autumn sunshine that greeted choristers rehearsing there during the afternoon.

Several BOA members joined the choir of RSCM members in a service conducted by BOA Council Member Anne Ellis and accompanied by former BOA President Mick Perrier.
The organ was built by the Leicester firm of Porritt & Son, the first Porritt organ to be featured on these pages. This firm flourished from 1867 until the midlde of last century, with Joshua retiring in 1904 to be succeeded by his son Walter. Walter's death in 1953 was quickly followed by the untimely death of his son William, after which Rushworth & Dreaper took over most of the firm's remaining tuning contracts.

The organ is housed in two cases on either side of the chancel, with the console underneath the case on the north side.

You can listen to (and see) a Porritt organ installed in a Netherlands church as November 2019's Music of the Month.

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