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St.Mary, Finedon

Bernard Smith 1704

for the Chapel Royal, Windsor

BIOS organises a regular programme of events for members. These normally include a residential conference, a one-day research conference (held at Birmingham University), an AGM meeting (usually combined with study of an important organ in London) and a number of study days, usually based on single instruments of historical importance.

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A Day in Northamptonshire

St Mary's Church, Finedon NN9 5NR (B.Smith 1704) 

St Peter's Church, Raunds NN9 6HS (P.Conacher 1893) 

Saturday 3 November 2018 

10.30 am - 4.00 pm

The Finedon organ is well known for its case, included by Dr A.G.Hill in his drawings of historic cases. Built in 1704 by Bernard Smith  for the Chapel Royal, Windsor it was moved to Finedon in 1717 by Christopher Shrider. The instrument was enlarged by G.M.Holdich in 1872 and restored by Holmes & Swift in 2014. About 550 Smith pipes remain in the instrument, together with the jambs of the original console and the opening for the original third manual Echo division to speak through. BIOS Journal 41 has an article about the instrument. 

The Raunds organ is a substantial three-manual instrument by Peter Conacher 1893, restored by Nucholson in 2006, retaining the pneumatic lever action to the Great organ.


  • 10.30 Coffee at Finedon 
  • 11.00 The 1704 Bernard Smith organ (talk, demonstration & short recital)
  • 1.00  Lunch (not included)
  • 2.30  The Conacher organ at St Peter's Church, Raunds
  • 4.00  Close

COST 15 Pounds to include Coffee and afternoon Tea. Lunch will not be included but it is hoped to be able to arrange something nearby.

It is hoped to arrange for members travelling by car to provide transport between the two churches and Wellingborough station. 

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