Monday, March 14, 2011

South Highland Presbyterian Church

South Highland Presbyterian Church chapel - Birmingham, Alabama

The E. M. Skinner organ company built in 1926 its Opus 576 for the Ensley-Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The instrument served this congregation, with some changes, until the church was closed by the Presbytery in 1991. The organ lanquished in a crumbling building until South Highland Presbyterian was afforded the ability to obtain the pipe organ. We were contracted by South Highland to remove this instrument to our shop and present a proposal to South Highland Presbyterian for its future.

The chapel at South Highland is one of considerable charm, and fine musicial potential. The current status of the electronic organ warranted its replacement. With the Skinner organ now in the possession of South Highland, it seemed a logical choice to install in the chapel. We were honored to have been contracted by South Highland to build a new chapel organ for them utilizing the Skinner organ as a resource.

Given the different requirements for installation, and the condition of the Skinner chests, new windchests will be built in a sympathetic style to those of E. M. Skinner. In this instrument, the existing console and keyboards will be retained. The Great organ will be located on the Gallery wall, along the center axis of the room for proper tonal egress. This division will feature a new Principal chorus of high content tin for a refined and elegant sound. The Swell and Pedal organs will be located in the chancel area. All the pipes, old and new, will reflect our belief that every pipe should speak with a rich, full sound that blends with others. It is sounds like these that best work with and support the human voice.

South Highland Presbyterian Church, Chapel
Robert I. Coulter - Organbuilders
Opus 9
Skinner Organ Company
Opus 576
II - 23

Great Organ

16' Lieblich Gedeckt
8' Principal (tin, en facade)
8' Chimney Flute (extension)
8' Salicional (Swell)
8' Voix Celeste (Swell)
4' Octave
4' Flute Harmonic (Swell)
2 2/3' Twelfth
2' Fifteenth
1 3/5' Seventeenth
III-IV - Mixture (1 1/3')
16' Contre Trompette
8' Trompette (extension)
8' Flugelhorn (Swell)

Swell Organ
8' Salicional
8' Voix Celeste (tenor c)
8' Aeoline
8' Aeoline Celeste (tenor c)
8' Gedeckt
4' Principal
4' Flute Harmonic
2 2/3' Nazard
2' Flautino
1 3/5' Tierce
8' Trompette (Great)
8' Flugelhorn

Pedal Organ
32' Resultant
16' Subbass
16' Lieblich Gedeckt (Great)
8' Octave
8' Bourdon (extension)
8' Gedeckt (Swell)
4' Choral Bass (extension)
4' Flute Harmonic (Swell)
16' Contre Trompette (Great)
8' Trompette (Great)
8' Flugelhorn (Swell)