The Cathedral Church of Saint Mary and Saint Boniface in Plymouth, is the seat of the Bishop of Plymouth and mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, that covers the counties of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset. The Diocese was created in 1850 and in 1858 the new cathedral was opened and put under the patronage of the Virgin Mary and St Boniface, the latter thought to have been born in nearby Crediton.
The cathedral is also used by Royal Navy personnel stationed at the RN base at Devonport for the annual naval mass celebrated in July.
The organ installed in 2022 is a custom built Wyvern Concerto. It has 54 speaking stops over three manuals and configured with a large audio compliment to suit this large impressive building.
"My sincere thanks for the exceptionally high standard of instrument and installation of the new Wyvern Concerto 354 at Plymouth Cathedral. The console and large audio system is beautifully crafted and everything functions perfectly. The care and skill employed by Lyndon and Paul during the installation and voicing was very apparent and very appreciated. The Concerto 354 is beyond excellent, giving a warm, authentic English sound that will fill the Cathedral with music for many years to come. My personal thanks to you and all the team at Wyvern." Robert Osmond Organist & Director of Music: Plymouth Cathedral
The Church of St Margaret the Queen is a grade I listed building set in the 300 acre grounds of Buxted Park, East Sussex. It is dedicated to Saint Margaret of Scotland, an 11th-century Scottish queen and dates from the 13th century.
The church has a strong and enthusiastic music tradition that is now complimented with this fine custom built four manual Wyvern. The organ is voiced firmly in the English tradition to suit this lovely historic building.
St Agathas is a well know landmark in the centre of Portsmouth and although damaged it survived bombing during the second world war. This fine custom built Wyvern was rebuilt in 2015 with WpX system and is now installed in the west end gallery. It has been configured with a large compliment of audio to suit the acoustic of this impressive building.
Trinity School has a thriving music department and is a centre of excellence for musical education. The musical facilities in the school are first class and this fine Wyvern Custom organ has been commisioned for the large concert hall. It is a comprehensive three manual of over seventy stops including a floating solo division. The organ is complemented with a large twelve channel audio system, most of which is set on a bespoke platform at high level, plus a powerful subbass unit.
A custom built three manual Wyvern C344 with moving drawstops. Replacing a large pipe organ that although was ailing had presence. To do the former justice we have installed a large speaker system of high quality cabinets and driver units from our custom range. These are installed across the two pipe chambers with multiple channels divided across the individual organ departments and ranks. The pedal division has its own set of larger speakers plus a subbass channel to add gravity to the low-end pedal.
Rather than provide unnecessary stops and gimmicks this is a classic example of a modest yet high quality instrument in all respects that is perfectly proportionate to the building. This lovely Wyvern bespoke two manual drawstop has been built without compromise to provide a worthy replacement for the former pipe organ. We have just completed a revised installation following removal of the pipe instrument. The organ is complemented with six heavy-duty manual channels plus a subbass tower.
Gravesend Grammar School is a selective grammar school with academy status located in Gravesend, Kent. The large school hall had a Bradford system organ that Paul Isom one of our voicers remembers well from the time he taught there. Although the original organ was dated there was a high quality speaker system that we were able to adapt. The school asked us to supply a three manual Wyvern Concerto I draw stop organ that we fitted with external amplifiers and installed with the adapted speaker system.
Rather than provide unnecessary stops and gimmicks this is a classic Wyvern Cantata 226 a modest yet high quality two manual that is perfectly proportionate to the building. The organ has a high proportion of tone generators producing twenty-six independent stops and all mixtures have independant ranks.
The generator system is complemented with six heavy-duty manual channels two for each division neatly installed in the adapted pipe chamber, plus a subbass for low end pedal.
Just outside the city of Bath lies the small village of Widecombe with its historic Parish Church. We built a Cantata 226 with the speaker system concealed at high level in the roof trusses so retaining the aesthetic appeal of the building. Keeping the main speakers together provides a focal point as you would expect from a pipe case but also the ability to divide the divisions of the organ between separate speakers). As the only space for the console was at the front of the church a secondary monitor system is combined in the console and a further 2 small cabinets inside the Chancel arch.
Rather than provide unnecessary stops and gimmicks this is a classic Wyvern Cantata 226 a modest yet high quality two manual that is perfectly proportionate to this village parish church. The organ has a high proportion of tone generators producing twenty-six independent stops and mixtures have independant ranks. The generator system is complemented with six heavy-duty manual channels two for each division. This organ was built with optional drawstops.
The University commissioned Wyvern to build a Wyvern Pastorale 346 for the newly refurbished University Hall. The instrument is installed at the centre of the gallery with the extensive self-contained audio system providing good sound coverage throughout this elegant hall.
The Abbey of Our Lady, Help of Christians, commonly known as Worth Abbey, is a community of Roman Catholic monks who follow the Rule of St Benedict placing the public prayer of the Church (the Opus Dei or work of God) at the centre of their lives. But music is also a strong tradition at the Abbey and the attached school uses the Abbey Church for regular services. We are proud to have been chosen to build the magnificent new organ for the Abbey following a major refurbishment. This impressive three manual has a floating Bombarde division and is housed in a terraced console built in walnut to match the new seating layout of the church. The organ is voiced in the French Romantic tradition. The large concealed audio system of over 30 cabinets and the huge acoustic combine for a thrilling spine tingling sensation.
Built in 1872 to the design of John Burnet influenced by Italian Renaissance style. Its bell tower is a well known landmark. This grand building has two stairways that lead from the entrance foyer to a horse-shoe gallery. The pulpit is integral with organ case that housed the original Brindley & Foster. We were commissioned to build a custom Wyvern C332 with 15 channel audio system. The large array of speakers have been laid out in traditional fashion within the existing pipe chamber. The organ console is partially sunk into a central organ pit that is a feature of several larger Church of Scotland buildings. The church is dangerously close the renowned Springbank Distillery!
Custom built Wyvern C236 with WpX technology. The organ has a high quality console with KA drawstops. It is a two manual instrument plus a floating Choir division. In addition to the default English specification the organ has two alternative voice sets: French and German. The console is positioned in the rear gallery. It has an external audio system of 8 x 100 watt amplifier channels, 2 x Gt; 2 x Sw; 2 x Pd; 2 x Ch with 8 full range speakers installed in the original pipe chamber.
With a strong tradition in music there was a requirement for a high quality organ both to lead school services and for the tuition of organ scholars. This large four manual was designed and built for the school hall. The large audio system is arranged both sides of the building. These are housed in specially made speaker cases in matching oak with inst pipe ranks designed to complement the chapel architecture.
This is a rebuilt Wyvern CD2 an impressive two manual organ with full moving action KA drawstops with 38 speaking stops each having great character.
This organ has fond memories for us: we first built it as an early production example of the fledgling Wyvern-Bradford system that we engineered back in the day with the University of Bradford and what was the original Copeman Hart Co.
This particular organ became our production demonstrator and was configured with a large external audio system. It saw service with BBC World Service broadcasts and numerous recitals. We retired her, stripped out the Bradford system and rebuilt her with modern WpX technology with a wide range of new samples to give additional sample choice during on site voicing.
The organ has now been fitted with new audio and installed at St Swithans Church, Holmesfield.
The basilica at Knock is one of the largest churches in Europe with a seating capacity of circa 8,000 and attracts visitors from around the world. Wyvern were commissioned to build a new organ for the building that was refurbished in 2015 the centre piece of which is one of Europe's largest mosaics, a depiction the witnesses to the apparition. The organ installation faced special challenges to obtain an even sound coverage throughout this vast building.
A new three manual Wyvern custom organ of 41 stops. One stop being Cathedral Chimes, especially requested by the Vicar, a B.Mus. The handsome console is situated behind the choir stall on the south side, while the large speaker system is located behind the pipe façade of the previous organ.
This church supports an active community in Barry, South Wales. The Wyvern Sonata 232 installed here with its extensive internal speaker system alone copes well for a building of this size.
Recently installed in this simple santuary, the new Wyvern Sonata 236 replaces replaces a previous Wyvern, a trusty workhorse that has done around forty years of service. The new organ has both internal and external audio with full control over both areas.