Queens’ College Choir
Queens' College Choir

The Binns Organ

Organ

The Binns Organ in Queens’ College Chapel is regarded as one of the finest instruments in Cambridge. It remains tonally unaltered since it was built in 1892, and therefore is one of the best examples of late Victorian organ building anywhere in the country. With 32 speaking stops, the organ is highly versatile and is particularly suitable for playing romantic music and accompanying the liturgy, however almost every genre of music can be performed convincingly.

The Organ was completely restored by Harrison & Harrison in 2002, who also overhauled the console, which retains the 19th century stop knobs but still has all the modern playing aids, enabling the performance of every repertory.

 

Specification

Pedal Key action EP Stop action EP Compass-low C Compass-high f1 Keys 30
1 Contre Basse 16 A
2 Sub Bass 16 B
3 Quint 10 2/3 from Sub Bass
4 Octave 8 A
5 Flute Bass 8 B
Choir Key action EP Stop action EP Compass-low C Compass-high c4 Keys 61Enclosed
6 Gedact 8
7 Salicional 8
8 Dolce 8 bass from Gedact
9 Flauto Traverso 4
10 Flautina 2
11 Orchestral Oboe 8 TC, bass Corno di Bassetto
12 Corno di Bassetto 8
13 Tremulant to Choir
Great Key action EP Stop action EP Compass-low C Compass-high c4 Keys 61
14 Bourdon 16
15 Open Diapason 8
16 Hohl Flöte 8
17 Viola 8
18 Octave Diapason 4
19 Flute Harmonique 4
20 Nazard 2 2/3
21 Doublette 2
22 Mixture III
23 Posaune 8
Swell Key action EP Stop action EP Compass-low C Compass-high c4 Keys 61Enclosed
24 Lieblich Bourdon 16
25 Geigen Principal 8
26 Lieblich Gedact 8
27 Viol d’Orchestre 8
28 Voix Célestes 8 TC
29 Salicet 4
30 Suabe Flute 4
31 Mixture III 15.19.22
32 Cornopean 8
33 Oboe 8
34 Tremulant to Swell
December 20th, 2011