History of the Organ

Like other Presbyterian congregations, in the 19th Century Portaferry relied on a precentor (choir leader) and choir for the unaccompanied singing of the Metrical Psalms. However, in the late 1800s a harmonium was purchased and the singing of hymns was introduced to public worship. That instrument was inadequate for a building of this size and finally, after much prevarication, an instrument was installed by Mssrs Evans & Barr of Belfast.

Originally the action was pneumatic but around 1980 it was electrified by the Abbey Organ Company. Apart from that no significant work was done to the instrument until its rebuild in 2015.  

Original Evans & Barr Instrument

Great

1. Open Diapason       8    1-16 in display; ten.E17 on soundboard

2. Claribel Flute           8    wood; 1-19 stopped; open pipes from ten.G20

3. Dulciana                  8    1-12 stopped wood

4. Principal                  4    metal

5. Suabe Flute            4    metal; 1-46 stopped    

Swell (enclosed)                

6. Lieblich Bourdon   16    ten.C, wood

7. Open Diapason      8    1-12 open wood

8. Lieblich Gedacht    8    1-12 wood; metal from ten.C

9. Echo Gamba          8    1-12 zinc; plain metal from ten.C

10. Vox Angelica        8    ten.C, plain metal

11. Gemshorn            4    cylindrical

12. Cornopean           8    plain metal

13. Oboe                    8    plain metal

Tremulant

Pedal

14. Bourdon            16    wood

15. Bass Flute           8    from Bourdon
 

Couplers

Swell Suboctave; Swell Octave; Swell to Great; Swell Suboctave to Great; Swell Octave to Great; Swell to Pedal; Great to Pedal

Accessories

3 thumb pistons to Great & Pedal (duplicated by toe pistons)

3 thumb pistons to Swell (duplicated by toe pistons)

2 reversible pistons to Swell to Great & Great to Pedal (duplicated)

Balanced Swell Pedal (mechanical); Electro-pneumatic action

Detached drawstop console which sat in the middle of the choir box, partially sunk into the ground.  

 

Wells Kennedy Instrument

Great                    

1. Lieblich Bourdon   16

2. Open Diapason       8    bass in prospect, new; remainder supplied

3. Claribel Flute           8    original; wood; 1-19 stopped

4. Stopped Diapason  8    1-19 from Claribel; remainder supplied

5. Dulciana                  8    original; 1-12 stopped wood

6. Principal                  4    original

7. Suabe Flute             4    original

8. Fifteenth                  2    new, spotted metal

9. Twelfth                     2 2/3  supplied

10. Mixture 19.22.26   III rks new, spotted metal

11.Trumpet                  8    supplied, reconditioned

Tremulant

Swell    (enclosed)

12. Open Diapason    8    original

13. Leiblich Gedacht  8    original; wood and metal

14. Echo Gamba        8     original

15. Vox Angelica        8     original; ten.C

16. Gemshorn            4     original

17. Lieblich Flute       4    supplied, reconditioned

16. Flageolet              2    supplied, reconditioned

17. Mixture 17.19.22  III rks    new; spotted metal

18. Cornopean            8    original

19. Oboe                     8    original

Tremulant
 

Pedal

20. Subbass            32    digital

21. Open Diapason 16    digital

22. Subbass            16    digital

23. Bourdon            16    original; wood

24. Octave                8    ex-Great Open Diapason

25. Bass Flute           8    original; from Bourdon

26. Fifteenth              4    from Octave 8

27. Trombone          16    digital

28. Trumpet               8

Couplers

Swell Suboctave; Swell Octave; Swell Unison Off; Melodic Bourdon on Swell

Swell to Great; Swell Suboctave to Great; Swell Octave to Great; Melodic Pedal on Great

Swell to Pedal; Great to Pedal

Accessories

6 thumb pistons to Great

6 thumb pistons to Swell (duplicated by toe pistons)

6 toe pistons to Pedal

6 General thumb pistons (available on Swell toe pistons by transfer)

3 reversible thumb pistons to Sw-Gt, Sw-Ped, Gt-Ped

2 reversible toe pistons to Sw-Gt, Gt-Ped

1 thumb piston to General Cancel

1 thumb piston to Set

Great & Pedal Combinations Coupled

Generals on Swell Toe Pistons

Balanced Swell Pedal (electric)

10-level combination capture system

Record and replay system

Transposer