Magazine article The Tracker

St. Patrick's May Have Organ of New Design

Magazine article The Tracker

St. Patrick's May Have Organ of New Design

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Builder of Famous British Instruments Now Installing Model.

TRIAL AT EASTER MASS

Wooden Resonators Put Beside Huge Reed Pipes and Tone Is Said to be Fuller and Clearer.

As the result of an experiment now under way it is probable that the great organ in St. Patrick's Cathedral will be taken out and will be replaced by one built on the lines or some of the famous instruments in Great Britain. Robert Hope-Jones, builder of the organs in Worcester Cathedral, Edinburgh Town Hall, Llandaf Cathedral, and others equally noted, has been recently engaged in putting up in the cathedral loft a model of an instrument and this is to be compared with the present one by the cathedral authorities.

Additional interest will be lent to the Easter mass at the cathedral by the fact that Mr. Hope-Jones's model will then have its first public trial. It will be employed in the mass in connection with the old organ.

Mr. Hope-Jones, who came to America about two years ago, and now lives in Bloomfield, N.J., was called upon by the cathedral authorities several weeks ago to give a demonstration of his method. He has since erected at the side of the great organ eight of twelve resonators of wood, which in his model serve instead of pipes. An electrical attachment for the working of the model has been installed in the loft.

Organists in New York are greatly interested in the test and many have recently visited the loft to see Mr. Hope-Jones's work. His ideas were long regarded as almost iconoclastic by many organists in his own country, and musicians here have been divided over them. …

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