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The opportunity to sponsor a Stop

What is a stop?

Organs have the capability to make a wide variety of sounds, including flutes, trumpets and horns. A different “stop” is required for each different sound.
A stop is a rank of organ pipes, one for every note on the organ keyboard (typically 61). The pipes making up the rank all have the same sound quality, timbre and volume.

They differ only in size. Longer pipes make lower pitched notes and shorter ones, higher notes.

The ranks of pipes above will be activated by the organist by selecting stops, like those below. The stops identify the sound (pipe rank) that will be activated.

Fortissimo – £5,000 donation

Choose from:

Double Open Diapason
The most fundamental organ stop in the instrument. Metal pipes giving the pedal (bass line) foundation and weight. The longest pipe is 16ft
The loudest lowest notes on the organ. Essential for making the foundations tremble
Contra Fagotto
A stop that mimics a bassoon. Good as a solo sound but also works well in a large chorus of stops. Another 16 footer
Loud harmonic sparkle, icing on the cake of the full organ sound. There are three small pipes for every note in this rank. So 183 pipes in all
What it says on the tin. Loud fanfare solo stop or used in chorus when the music reaches a climax
Another trumpet-like stop. Slightly more rounded and mellow sound, but still pretty loud!

Grazioso – £1,500 donation

Choose from:

Open Diapason
Classic English organ sound. Often heard for hymn accompaniment and medium to loud sections of music
A very versatile bass flute stop made of wood, essential for softer music but also provides resonance and depth in louder music
Lieblich Bourdon
A softer lighter version of the Bourdon. The longest pipe comes in at 16 foot
Adds harmonic spice at the top of the sonic range. There are three small pipes for every note in this rank. So 183 pipes in all
Beautiful soft tone used in conjunction with the Vox Angelica to produce an ethereal string sound
Vox Angelica
Beautiful soft tone used in conjunction with the Keraulaphon to produce an ethereal string sound

Leggiero – £250 donation

Choose from:

Hohl Flute
Sweet flute stop. Works well as a soft solo or as part of a richer chorus of flutes
Chimney Flute/Gedacht/ Flauto Traverso
Slightly softer than the Hohl Flute
One of the softest sounds on the instrument. Used mainly as accompaniment to another stop’s melody
Flute stop with very historic origins. Gemshorns were traditionally made from animal horns
A flute stop at the higher end of the sonic range
The highest pitched flute on the whole instrument