St Mary-le-Bow

Church of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, City of London

This famous Wren church was gutted by wartime bombing. Post-war restoration of the building included a Silbermann-inspired case which, sadly, contained an organ made up from second-hand parts, many ill-suited to the acoustic of the church. Rather than waste money on a poorly-designed instrument. The AIOA adviser recommended a fresh start but retaining the fine case, enhanced by new and better-proportioned front pipes.

The new organ has a responsive mechanical tracker key action and a comprehensive electric combination action. Its virile and colourful tone matches the lively acoustic of the building.