Organists’ Review

Well done, Simonburn! This sweet-toned James Walker of about 1860 has just been completely restored by Harrison & Harrison – another of their excellent recent similar projects. This is just the sort of recital which has village-church members declaring “I never knew our organ could sound like that!” In other words, the gifted and musical Henry Wallace (whose tapes at Hexham and Cullercoats have in the past been received with great critical acclaim), plays a well-balanced and enjoyable programme with refinement, projection and imagination, This is a small organ possessing the pre-Willis/Lewis unforced beauty of tone to which many thinking (and hearing) organists are now returning, after 100 years of “music-machines” and 30 years of Germanic pseudo neo-Baroque spittings and chuffings. It only possesses fourteen ranks, but each is a gem.

—Paul Hale