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The Kenneth Tickell organ in Keble College Oxford – A note by Kenneth Tickell, written a few weeks before his sad and untimely death in July 2014. The history and heritage of Keble College and its chapel are intrinsically entwined with the art, commerce and architecture of the late nineteenth century. The chapel in which the new organ is placed was built through the generosity of a Victorian entrepreneur and below the organ gallery hangs a Pre-Raphaelite icon: The Light of the World. To an extent, it is this ambience that has also shaped the direction of the new organ.
The tonal scheme aims to have a fundamentally late nineteenth-century focus, but it also offers the flexibility to satisfy the great repertoire of the instrument and to support the choral tradition of the chapel. Appropriately, it takes some influence from William Hill’s work, including several typical ranks: the stopped and open wood flutes ; the cone Gamba on the Great; the Swell Cornopean (invented by Hill for his swell divisions); the pedal Mixture with its reedy tierce rank and the wooden Trombone. However, this is not intended to be a period reconstruction nor an overly-eclectic scheme.
|1||16.41||Hallelujah, Gott zu loben Op. 52 no. 3||Max Reger|
|2||2.39||Neumeister chorales: Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1102||J.S. Bach|
|3||3.38||Neumeister chorales: O Jesu, wie ist dein Gestalt BWV 1094||J.S Bach|
|4||13.51||Fantasie-Choral no. 2 in F# minor||Percy Whitlock|
|7||9.44||A Solis ortus cardine||John Caldwell|