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The TC Lewis Organ

The TC Lewis organ in Cullercoats has 26 speaking stops spread over 2-manuals and pedals. It is the only unaltered Lewis organ remaining in the Newcastle Diocese.


Great Organ
16 - Bourdon
8 - Large Open Diapason
8 - Small Open Diapason
8 - Salicional
8 - Lieblich Gedact
4 - Octave
4 - Flute Harmonique
2 2/3 - Twelfth
2 - Fifteenth
IV - Mixture
8 - Clarionet
8 - Trumpet

Swell Organ
16 - Lieblich Gedact
8 - Geigen Diapason
8 - Rohr Flute
8 - Viole de Gambe
8 - Voix Celestes
4 - Geigen Principal
2 - Flautina
8 - Oboe
8 - Horn

Pedal Organ
16 - Open Diapason
16 - Sub Bass
8 - Octave
8 - Bass Flute
16 - Posaune

Swell to Great
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal

The Organ and its history

The organ was built by Thomas Christopher Lewis in consultation with William Rea, the Newcastle City organist, and was dedicated a mere three months after the consecration of the church in February 1885.
It stands in the South Transept, directly under the tower, facing North, with a generous amount of free space around it. From this position, its commanding voice can be heard in all parts of the building without loss of impact, even with a full congregation.
It is a substantial instrument, built in Lewis' grand style with Swell behind Great on the same level and Pedal on three unit chests behind and alongside the manual divisions.
There is no facade casework, although the front pipes appear to have been laid out to receive one, the lower part is panelled in oak. The console is central in the case and is 'en fenetre'.
The action to manuals and drawstops is mechanical; the pedal action is pneumatic. A Discus blower feeds the main bellows which can still be raised by hand.
A Full restoration of the organ was carried out in 1987, by Harrison & Harrison of Durham.

More on TC Lewis Organ Builder

Organ Links
Royal College of Organists The UK central body for organ examinations, with over 3,200 members
Royal School of Church Music International organisation based in the UK; promoting good use of music in worship
NDSO Newcastle & District Society of Organists
Durham Cathedral organs, A historical perspective from Richard Hird
Durham Diocesan Organ Adviser, A useful guide to grants, the law, etc regarding church organs
Darlington & District Organists & Choirmasters Association dedicated to sharing a common interest in the organ and its music
Incorporated Association of Organists National Association dedicated to interest in the organ and its music
The Organ Online version of the Organ publication
Organ Recitals Excellent and up-to-date organ recital listings for London and the South East
National Pipe Organ Register Details of instruments and their histories across the UK
Organ Historical Society International historical site
British Institute of organ studies; promotes scholarly research into the history of the organ and its music
Anglicans Online International historical site
Martin Charlton's Organ Tour, a geographical tour of Britain's organs (by rail!!)

Organ Focus, International Organ Recitals listings

Links to other TC Lewis organs
Melbourne, AUS the TC Lewis organ of St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne, Aus
Victoria, AUS the TC Lewis organ of St George's Uniting Church, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Wellington, NZ the TC Lewis organ of Wellington Cathedral, NZ
Kelvingrove, Glasgow the TC Lewis organ in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Church House, Belfast the TC Lewis organ in Presbyterian Assembly Hall, Church House, Belfast
Newcastle Cathedral the re-built TC Lewis organ in Newcastle Cathedral
St Peter's Church, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne; transferred from another redundant Newcastle church
Soutwark Cathedral Arguably the finest TC Lewis organ rebuilt by Willis in the 50s
Ripon Cathedral the largely re-built TC Lewis organ in Ripon Cathedral
St John's Upper Norwood the TC Lewis organ in St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood
St Mary the Virgin, Gisburn the TC Lewis organ in Gisburn Ribblesdale

Links to other key British organs
Royal Festival Hall Organ celebrating its 50th bithday in 2004
Royal Albert Hall Organ currently undergoing a major overhaul by Mander Organs
Symphony Hall Organ the Organ of Birmingham's Symphony Hall
Liverpool Cathedral Organ the Organ of Birmingham's Symphony Hall