Uniting (Wesleyan) Church
Kent Town

1898 J.E. Dodd, reb. 1964 - 2 manuals, 41 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action
Enlarged 2010-2016 Richard Larritt
3 manuals, 62 speaking stops, 18 couplers, electro-pneumatic action



Notes by Rev Bruce Naylor "Celebrating 150 years since the birth of J E Dodd" (Aug. 2006):

Both Sir Edwin Smith and James Gartrell made their money as grocers and they were in competition. A year later Gartrell gave money to the Kent Town Methodist Church to erect an instrument. News of the exciting specification leaked out, first that it was to have a 32 ft. stop on the pedal, [1] then that the fifth stop on the pedal was to be a powerful 16 ft. reed, [2] and then that the pipes were to be ordered through an English maker of eminence. [3] The pipes were ordered from Bishop and Palmers. The diapason choruses and the small cornopean were from Bishop. [4] Palmers did the string stops, the great reed and pedal reed. [5] The mechanical side of the instrument was the same as at Clayton with the omission of the pedal for the tonerre and pleuvoir. The wind pressure was 3-1/2'' on the great, and on the swell 3''.

It was thought that with such a pedal organ, it would be the most powerful in the colony. The console was to be detached so that the player could control his choir, and the scale of the principal pipes, as at Clayton, were enlarged in line with modern tonal ideals. [6] The instrument now became the largest church organ in the colony with two more speaking stops than Clayton. The specification was planned in conjunction with Dodd and E. Harold Davies. The case consisted of two towers and three flats and was 25' high, 20' wide, and it was richly ornamented. [7]


The new organ was regarded as the high water mark of the organ building in the colony, the only thing it lacked being electricity, but this had not yet been proved to be entirely reliable. The mechanical side was most satisfactory, and with piston arrangement on the great - the dulciana, lieblich gedact and harmonic flute stops could be used as choir stops; and the swell organ used to a certain extent as a solo organ anwering the vox humana and tremulant. The pipe voicing was noted, and the fact that power was obtained by a few strong stops on heavy wind rather than many quiet stops coupled with mixtures, and the result was a rich and powerful tone without the shrillness so painful in older instruments. [8]

At the opening in December the case was considered to be the largest and most imposing organ case in the colony, with the exception of the Town Hall. The Lt. Governor opened the organ and waxed quite eloquent on the subject of sacred music. Fears were held that the organ might cipher because Dodd had had to complete the instrument in a hurry, but nothing apparent to the audience occurred. The vox humana and the ophicleide impressed the audience, the latter being singularly free from 'twang' [9].

The choir sang unaccompanied '0 gladsome light' by Sullivan and an anthem written specially for the occasion by Harold Davies 'O praise God in his holiness'.

The organ pieces were the Sonata No.6 of Mendelssohn, a Chopin nocturne, the Tannhaüser march, Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor by Bach, Cantilene and Melodie of Salomé and the celebrated 'War March of the Priests'. Davies obtained such a piquant effect in the Melodie of Salomé that it had to be repeated.

Builder: Hill and Son 1875. [10] The organ went to Aberdeen Baptist Church, Geelong, Victoria, [11] and a new Organ built by J.E. Dodd was installed in 1898.[12] which cost £1,282 but this included the choir arrangement. [13] This organ was rebuilt by J.E. Dodd and Sons, Gunstar Organ Works in 1964, [14] at a cost of £4,700. [15]



1897 Organ [16]

Great Organ
1 Bourdon
2 Open diapason
3 Claribel
4 Viola
5 Dulciana
6 Gedacht
7 Principal
8 Fifteenth
9 Sesquialtera
10 Posaune

i swell to great
ii swell to great sub

Swell Organ
12 Lieblich bourdon
13 Geigen principal
14 Hohl flute
15 Viole d'orchestre
16 Celeste
17 Octave
18 Flauto traverso
19 Flageolet
20 Mixture
21 Cornopean
22 Oboe
23 Vox humana

Pedal Organ
24 Contra bourdon
25 Open diapason
26 Bourdon
27 Violoncello
28 Ophicleide

iii swell to pedal
iv great to pedal
v Pedal octave


16
8
8
8
8
8
4
2
III
8





16
8
8
8
8
4
2
2
III
8
8
8


32
16
16
8
16




(11 stops)














(12 stops)








(15, 19, 22)




(5 stops)

(metal)








Compass: 56/30

The thirty two foot contra bourdon if it ever was in the organ, was before the rebuild, a grand open diapason 16.


Photos: TB



1964 Organ

Great Organ
1 Bourdon
2 Open diapason
3 Claribel
4 Lieblich gadact
5 Viola
6 Dulciana
7 Principal
8 Harmonic Flute
9 Nazard
10 Fifteenth
11 Sesquialtera
12 Clarinet
13 Posaune
14 Clarion

i swell to great sub
ii swell to great
iii swell to great super


Swell Organ
15 Lieblich bourdon
16 Geigen principal
17 Hohl flute
18 Viole d'orchestre
19 Viole celeste
20 Octave
21 Flauto traverso
22 Flautino
23 Mixture
24 Cornopean
25 Oboe
26 Vox humana

iv tremulant
v sub octave
vi unison off
vii super octave


Pedal Organ
27 Grand open diapason
28 Open diapason
29 Bourdon
30 Echo bourdon
31 Quint
32 Principal
33 Violoncello
34 Flute
35 Octave quint
36 Fifteenth
37 Flute
38 Mixture
39 Ophicleide
40 Trumpet
41 Clarion

viii swell to pedal
ix great to pedal


16
8
8
8
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
III
8
8
4







16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
III
8
8
8








16
16
16
16
10-2/3
8
8
8
5-1/3
4
4
III
16
8
4



(14 stops)








(partly from No.1)




(from No.13)






(12 stops)



















(15 stops)
(wood)
(metal)

(from No.15)
(from No.1)



(from No.10)


(15, 19, 22)

(from No.13)
(from No.13)




Compass: 61/30


Great Sesquialtera III:

CC 17, 19, 22
Tenor G 15, 19, 22
Mid B. 8, 12, 15


Swell Mixture III:

CC 15, 19, 22
Mid. C 8, 12, 15


Plain and spotted and wood pipes
electro-pneumatic action
slider and unit soundboards
Great and Pedal Pistons coupled
Swell and Pedal Pistons coupled

Thumb pistons:
Great 5 (adj.), Swell 5 (adj.), General 3 (adj.), - adjustable at drawer under music desk

Reversibles:
Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal (thumb and toe)

Toe pistons:
Pedal 5 (adj.), Swell 5,
balanced swell pedal
detached console
drawknobs
located in apse
good acoustics.


From 2010-2016, Richard Larritt added a third manual and other enhancements.[17]

2016 organ

Great
Bourdon
Open Diapason
Viola
Claribel
Lieblich Gedact
Dulciana
Principal
Harmonic Flute
Twelfth
Fifteenth
Mixture
Sesquialtera
Trumpet
Posaune
Clarion
Swell Sub to Great
Swell to Great
Swell Octave to Great
Choir Sub to Great
Choir to Great
Choir Octave to Great

16
8
8
8
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
II
III
8
8
4






 
Swell
Lieblich Bourdon
Geigen Principal
Hohl Flute
Viol d'Orchestre
Viol Celeste (TC)
Octave
Flauto Traverso
Nazard
Fifteenth
Flautina
Mixture
Sharp Mixture
Double Trumpet
Cornopean
Oboe
Vox Humana
Sub Octave
Unison Off
Octave
Tremulant

16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
2
III
II
16
8
8
8




 

Choir (enclosed)
Diapason
Koppel Flute
Gedact
Salicional
Vox Angelica
Gemshorn
Koppel Flute
Nazard
Piccolo
Tierce
Larigot
Mixture
Clarinet
Posaune
Tuba
Sub Octave
Unison Off
Octave
Swell Sub to Choir
Swell to Choir
Swell Octave to Choir
Tremulant


8
8
8
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
1-3/5
1-1/3
III
8
8
8





















(unenclosed)
(unenclosed)







 
Pedal
Grand Open
Open Diapason
Bourdon
Echo Bourdon
Quint
Principal
Violoncello
Flute
Octave Quint
Fifteenth
Flute
Mixture
Ophicleide
Double Trumpet
Trumpet
Clarion
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Choir to Pedal

16
16
16
16
10-2/3
8
8
8
5-1/3
4
4
III
16
16
8
4



 

 

 


1. Music, September 1897, 10b.
2. Ibid., January 1898, llb.
3. Ibid., October 1896.
4. Letters, 1892, 77.
5. Ibid., 1892, 81.
6. Music, November 1898, 6a and b.
7. Register, 14 November 1898, 6c.
8. Ibid., 15 December 1898, 6f.
9. Music January 1899 12a.
10. Register, 2 July 1874, 5b.
11. Interview Mr. H.R. Beanland, Malvern, 4 May 1969.
12. Music, December 1898, llb.
13. Ibid. November 1899, lle.
14. Interview Mr. Mark Symons, Adelaide, 8 May 1969.
15. Kent Town Methodist Church Organ, Adelaide, 1964.
16. Music, November 1898, 6a and b.
17. Specification provided on an organ recital program, January 2017.