Organs of St John's Church
We are fortunate at St John's to have two organs: a mechanical-action pipe organ built in the style of the seventeenth-century North German baroque, and a digital organ voiced in the American Classic tradition, using open source software (jOrgan) and sampled sounds from organs around the world.
The pipe organ is particularly suited to the music of Bach, Buxtehude, Sweelinck and their contemporaries, as well as music written in the twentieth century as part of the organ reform movement (e.g., Pepping, Walcha, Schroeder).
The digital organ contains more symphonic sounds, with several celeste ranks, various solo stops, and an extensive pedal division which includes four 32' stops. This organ lends itself well to music of the Romantic period, especially the French symphonic school (Widor, Vierne, Franck), as well as nineteenth- and twentieth-century English music requiring colourful solo stops (Whitlock, Willan, etc).
Hymns and choral accompaniments can be played on whichever organ suits them best.
built by Gabriel Kney, London, Ontario 1977
Mechanical key and stop action
Wind pressure 44-60 mm
Standard couplers by hitch-down pedals
Manual II (enclosed)
The sound of the tracker organ is clear and bright. Listen to these samples by clicking on the links:
The Schalmei 8' has an almost plaintive sound - I Call To Thee, Lord Jesus Christ (J.S. Bach)
The flutes sparkle, with just the right amount of chiff - Unter die Linden grune (J.P. Sweelinck)
The principal chorus is capped with brilliant mixtures - Chaconne in C (Dieterich Buxtehude)
built 2010 using jOrgan software running in Ubuntu Linux
Soundfonts by Phoenix Organ Company, Peterborough, Ontario
12 general pistons, 6 pistons per division, 68 levels of memory
Solo playable through main or antiphonal speakers
Console rebuilt and refinished in 2014
Contra Salicional 16
English Diapason 8
The sound of the digital organ is rich and warm. Listen to these samples by clicking on the links:
The strings celeste have a silvery, other-worldly sound - Benedictus (Max Reger)
The Solo Tuba and Fanfare Trumpet are majestic and bright - Trumpet Tune and March (Jeremiah Clarke)
Interested in the story of how St John's digital organ came to be? Click on the link below to be taken to a website that tells the whole story.