© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
St Michael, Fobbing (Essex)
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
Improved barrel organ. Builder’s nameplate on case: ‘Bevington & Sons, Organ Builders, 48 Greek Street, Soho Square’. Purchased in 1843 for 65 guineas. It was in use until replaced by a harmonium c.1876 when Arthur Rayment, a former member of the congregation, was 15 years old. He remembered the ‘problems faced when asked to sing CM words to a LM tune or a LM hymn to a SM tune’. This could be because ‘Carey’s’ is labelled LM on the original tunelist, whereas the first section has been pinned twice which makes the metre 112th. The organ is operated from the rear. The softwood Gothic case has three panels of gold painted pipes. Restored in 1969-74 by the then church organist, Edward Smith, and fitted with a device to indicate which tune has been selected. Three green barrels x 12 tunes in a frame corresponding with the original handwritten tunelist pasted to the access door. The tunelist is headed: ‘the music arranged and set upon the cylinders, to give the effect of choice harmonies, by Mr H. Bevington, Organist of King’s College, London’.
References: The Musical Journal (Apr. 1906), p. 57; Musical Opinion (May 1906), p. 579; Chelmsford Chronicle (2 Mar. 1906), p. 6; Leicester Daily Post (3 Mar. 1906), p. 2; Phillips (1918); Hughes (1955); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Knights (1974); Booty (Christmas 1976 & Summer 1983); Turner (2002).
BARREL 1
Tune
Metre
1.1
LM
1.2
LM
1.3
LM
1.4
CM
1.5
CM
1.6
CM
1.7
CM
1.8
CM
1.9
SM
1.10
LM [87.D]
1.11
SM
1.12
77.77.77.
BARREL 2
Tune
Metre
2.1
LM
2.2
LM
2.3
LM
2.4
CM
2.5
CM
2.6
CM
2.7
LM
2.8
SM
2.9
112th
2.10
Vienna
87.87.D
2.11
87.87.47
2.12
87.87.47
BARREL 3
Tune
Metre
3.1
LM
3.2
LM
3.3
CM
3.4
Job
LM
3.5
CM
3.6
CM
3.7
CM
3.8
CM
3.9
LM
3.10
148th
3.11
LM
3.12
104th
© Maggie Kilbey & Marcel Glover 2021-2022
Barrel Organs in English Parish Churches
St Michael, Fobbing (Essex)
Improved barrel organ. Builder’s nameplate on case: ‘Bevington & Sons, Organ Builders, 48 Greek Street, Soho Square’. Purchased in 1843 for 65 guineas. It was in use until replaced by a harmonium c.1876 when Arthur Rayment, a former member of the congregation, was 15 years old. He remembered the ‘problems faced when asked to sing CM words to a LM tune or a LM hymn to a SM tune’. This could be because ‘Carey’s’ is labelled LM on the original tunelist, whereas the first section has been pinned twice which makes the metre 112th. The organ is operated from the rear. The softwood Gothic case has three panels of gold painted pipes. Restored in 1969-74 by the then church organist, Edward Smith, and fitted with a device to indicate which tune has been selected. Three green barrels x 12 tunes in a frame corresponding with the original handwritten tunelist pasted to the access door. The tunelist is headed: ‘the music arranged and set upon the cylinders, to give the effect of choice harmonies, by Mr H. Bevington, Organist of King’s College, London’.
References: The Musical Journal (Apr. 1906), p. 57; Musical Opinion (May 1906), p. 579; Chelmsford Chronicle (2 Mar. 1906), p. 6; Leicester Daily Post (3 Mar. 1906), p. 2; Phillips (1918); Hughes (1955); Boston (1959); Boston & Langwill (1967); Knights (1974); Booty (Christmas 1976 & Summer 1983); Turner (2002).
BARREL 3
Tune
Metre
3.1
LM
3.2
LM
3.3
CM
3.4
Job
LM
3.5
CM
3.6
CM
3.7
CM
3.8
CM
3.9
LM
3.10
148th
3.11
LM
3.12
104th
BARREL 1
Tune
Metre
1.1
LM
1.2
LM
1.3
LM
1.4
CM
1.5
CM
1.6
CM
1.7
CM
1.8
CM
1.9
SM
1.10
LM [87.D]
1.11
SM
1.12
77.77.77.
BARREL 2
Tune
Metre
2.1
LM
2.2
LM
2.3
LM
2.4
CM
2.5
CM
2.6
CM
2.7
LM
2.8
SM
2.9
112th
2.10
Vienna
87.87.D
2.11
87.87.47
2.12
87.87.47