Walker Organ Information
We are delighted to announce that a Walker pipe organ has been installed
at St. Mark’s! The pipe organ was built by J.W. Walker & Sons,
Ltd. of Brandon, England. For organ music aficionados, here are the
details of our purchase:
The instrument consists of four manual divisions, C – c, 61 notes,
and a pedal division, C – g, 32 notes, controlled from a detached
drawknob console. There will be 55 speaking stops (70 ranks), 2 accessories,
2 derivations, 10 couplers and 3 tremulants, making a total of 72 registers.
The key, pedal, and expression pedal actions are mechanical; the coupling,
derivation, drawstops, and combination actions are electric. Click
here for the complete specifications.
The accessories consist of ten divisional pistons for the Swell and
eight divisional pistons for the Solo, Great, Positive, and Pedal. There
are eight general thumb pistons to the whole organ and eight general
toe pedals. Reversible thumb pistons to unison couplers and reversible
toe pedals to ‘Swell to Pedal’ and ‘Great to Pedal”
are provided. Advance and retreat thumb pistons and toe pedals for the
Sequencer and LED display, and control pistons to program the Sequencer
and select and lock memory levels are included.
The detached console has terraced stop jambs and is located in the Chancel
facing the choir to allow the organist to conduct the choir.
Organ Dedication Recitals
The Organ Dedication Committee of St. Mark's Episcopal Church organized
a three-week series of worship services and organ concerts to celebrate
the completion of the new four-manual Walker organ. The dedication of
the organ occurred during the morning service on April 17, 2004. That evening
at eight o'clock, David Hurd played the inaugural dedicatory recital.
On the following Sunday, April 24, also at eight o'clcock, Karl Hochreiter
conducted a concert of Baroque music for voice, organ, and orchestra.
The solo organists were Michael Bloss, Larry Visser, and Elizabeth Claar,
playing concerti and sinfonias by Bach and Handel. Linn Maxwell Keller
sang a Bach solo cantata.
On the following weekend, Gerre and Judith Hancock arrived in Grand
Rapids to bring the dedication series to a festive climax on Sunday,
May 1. Gerre Hancock played the morning service at St. Mark's, and directed
the St. Mark's Community Evensong Choir at Evensong, held at four o'clock
that afternoon. Judith Hancock was the organist for the service, with
Mr. Hancock improvising the postlude. The closing dedicatory event was
a recital by Judith Hancock at eight o'clock that evening.