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Stars & Pipes

By Sezz    
The Pipes from the organ at Rochester Cathedral, very impressive and very pretty to look at. I tried to correct the distortion as much as possible but this was more about the detail than a record shot.

The organ dates back to an instrument built by Samuel Green in 1791 and was enlarged by WIlliam Hill in 1835. Hill made further changes in 1865 & 1870. This organ was moved in 1875 by J W Walker to a new case by Gilbert Scott which stands either side of the screen today. A new organ was built by J W Walker in 1905 using much of the original pipework and then they rebuilt this organ in 1957, electrifying the action but it was too big to maintain in a small space. Mander undertook a major rebuild in 1989 adding a new choir organ case and renewing half the pipes. This was upgraded in 2006.

Thank you for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: Music Kent Architecture Pipes Organ Instrument Rochester cathedral South east

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woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 4:43PM
Truly Baroque decoration on what must be a wonderful instrument. Noel Mander was one of the great names in 20th-century organ-building.
Red, azure and gold make a fine colour combination that you have exploited well.

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26 Feb 2013 4:47PM
yes .... very impressive
you have caught it well
wolfy 12 36 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 4:59PM
Excellent details and processing Sarah, well seen and taken Smile
JJGEE 11 6.7k 18 England
26 Feb 2013 5:01PM
Just love those colours and the detail & clarity are just excellent Smile
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 5:02PM
Excellent work, brilliant colour combination,

Ali GrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
26 Feb 2013 5:05PM
How very beautifully decorated, and beautifully capture and presented, too, Sarah Smile
Trev Smile
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
26 Feb 2013 5:09PM
Beautiful detailed look at this fine instrument Sarah. Excellent POV.
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
26 Feb 2013 5:34PM
like the good details and colours in this Sarah.
good work.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 5:44PM
The detail and colours, the subdued richness, are glorious. There's a mellowness about them, all of this has been lovingly dusted and polished.
I like the way you have that carved wooden band exiting top right corner....
LesF 10 182 9
26 Feb 2013 6:10PM
Like the colour palette in this Sarah

26 Feb 2013 6:20PM
I like the crop Sarah, and the colours are awesome. I'm still yet to see or hear a better Organ anywhere in any Cathedral, it really is outstanding.

John Smile
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 6:25PM
Oooo lovely coloursGrin
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 6:35PM
Nice one Sarah J... good title too. Wink
all of the above and then some, fantastic colours with top class detail.

As usual, full of rich colour. Very nice!

26 Feb 2013 8:40PM
Really very impressive, and you´ve caught them very well
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
26 Feb 2013 11:03PM
Thank you everyone for your time, comments and votes, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x
oll1e 9 57 2 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 8:49AM
I love the write up on this Sarah ,its really had quite a life !,as always you see that part which makes a pleasing composition.The angle ,colours and detail of the pipes and casing work so well .
really like this a lot Smile
Andy xx
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
27 Feb 2013 12:20PM
Such artistry. I'm glad they went to the trouble...and preserve it. It is a true gem.
mark1309 9 13 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 5:05PM
Beautiful colours and details captured,
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
27 Feb 2013 5:47PM
The combination of colours is so vibrant, Sarah. This must look magnificent in real life.
Excellent choice of detail, Would be good to see the whole organ pipe arrangement if you have an imageSmile

Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
27 Feb 2013 7:33PM
Andy, Joline, Mark and Malc - thank you very much, always appreciated!
Malc, I may have a view of the whole arrangement from a previous visit, if not I will definitely return to get one Smile

Sarah x
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 7:48PM
Love the colours and patterns Sarah. You have made a pretty good job of correcting the distortion as far as I can see.
28 Feb 2013 3:22PM
Sharp and a good comp Sarah. Like the clarity and colours.

Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
28 Feb 2013 4:36PM
Thank you Derek & John for your time and kind comments Smile

Sarah x
Totally gorgeous Sarah....... gonna have to make a visit soon, we havn't been out with the cameras since I don't know when Sad
Julie x
RockArea 10 18 3 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2013 6:58PM
Beautiful tones and superb detail.


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