THE CHOIR

The choir at St Barnabas Church, currently meet on Friday evenings at 7:30pm for an hour practice, and sing at the Sunday Parish Mass at 10:30am. We aim to produce a choir anthem at least once a month.

While we are beginning this new venture at St Barnabas, numbers tend to vary each week but a warm welcome awaits anyone who would be interested in joining us.

For more details or an informal chat please contact our Parish Organist: John Smee on 01273 737786 or email johncsmee@gmail.com.

THE PARISH ORGANIST - JOHN SMEE ARCO FNMSM

John Smee was appointed as the Parish Organist of St Barnabas Parish Church on 01 April 2016.. John is of course no stranger to St Barnabas having provided organist cover on many occasions other the last three years and most recently for the last six months following the resignation of Dr James Phillips.

John began his musical training in Cornwall during the 70/80’s, moving to Sussex in June 1988. He gained his ARCO (Associate of the Royal College of Organists) in 1989 and at the tender age of 20 was appointed Organist and Choirmaster of St Martin’s Parish Church, Brighton in 1990, a position he held for 22 years.

In 2010 John was made an Honorary Fellow of the North and Midland School of Music. He has a particular interest in liturgical music and organ improvisation. He is well known for his organ improvisations.

 

THE ORGAN

St. Barnabas possesses a fine three manual organ that was originally built for the Kerr Chapel in Albermarle Street in London by Noble & Son, and was transferred to St. Barnabas in the early part of the twentieth century.  The organ is largely contained within the north transept, with parts of the Pedal organ in the area by the console.  It has a magnificent architectural case that reaches almost to the top of the transept roof.  Initially fully pneumatic, the detached console was electrified in 1974 and some tonal changes made.  No further major work has been carried out since then and the organ is now requiring much love and attention.

 

ST BARNABAS ORGAN SPECIFACATION

 

Pedal

Key action   Stop action   Compass-low C  Compass-high f1  Keys 30

            

1

Sub Bass

32

 

            

2

Open Diapason

16

 

            

3

Violone

16

 

            

4

Bourdon

16

 

            

5

Violoncello

8

 
         

Choir

Key action   Stop action   Compass-low C  Compass-high g3  Keys 56

         

            

7

Flute

4

 

            

8

Fifteenth

2

was Dulciana

            

9

Larigot

1 3/5

TC, was Harmonic Piccolo

            

10

Clarinet

8

TC

         

Great

Key action   Stop action   Compass-low C  Compass-high g3  Keys 56

            

11

Double Diapason

16

 

            

12

Open Diapason No. 1

8

 

            

13

Open Diapason No. 2

8

 

            

14

Claribel

8

stopped to b24

            

15

Keraulophon

8

C-c from OD2

            

16

Principal

4

 

            

17

Harmonic Flute

4

 

            

18

Fifteenth

2

 

            

19

Harmonics

III

see Note 1

            

20

Trumpet

8

 
         

Swell

Key action   Stop action   Compass-low C  Compass-high g3  Keys 56 Enclosed

            

21

Lieblich Bourdon

16

 

            

22

Open Diapason

8

 

            

23

Stopped Diapason

8

 

            

24

Viola da Gamba

8

grooved to Stop. Diap

            

25

Voix Celeste

8

 

            

26

Principal

4

 

            

27

Harmonics

III

see Note 1

            

28

Cornopean

8

 

            

29

Oboe

8

 

            

30

Tremulant

   

 

Couplers

Swell to Pedal

Swell to Great

Swell to Choir

Swell octave

Swell suboctave

Choir to Great

Choir to Pedal

Great to Pedal

 

Accessories

5 thumb pistons each to Swell and Great;

4 thumb pistons to Choir; 

5 toe pistons to Pedal;

Reversible thumb piston Great to Pedal under in Swell key-slip duplicated by

Toe piston to the right of the Swell Pedal;

Great & Pedal pistons coupler;

Balanced mechanical Swell pedal;