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Organ Part 2

Philip 1 cropped and bright - web

Philip Collin at the console
Photograph: Anthony Garner

The Future

Fund raising started in 2008 for the next stages of restoration. This has meant that a new blower has been installed (June 2009) and the manual actions restored (2012).

The next stage of restoration is now underway since Oct 2014 - removal, cleaning and voicing of all manual department pipes and reconnection of the stop action - leading to installation of pistons as the final stage.

If you would like to know more about the organ, the choir or music at St Peter's then please do not hesitate to make contact, via email through this website or to music@stpeters-streatham.org

Two South London Organs by W.L. Sumner

Reproduced with kind permission of the editors from Musical Opinion Magazine: Published February 1970

The Church of St. Peter, Leigham Court Road, Streatham

"Few "untouched" large Hill organs now remain. It is more than half a century since the Hill firm amalgamated with, and was later absorbed by, that of Norman & Beard.

Most of the instruments of the original firm have been rebuilt. The large organ in All Hallows, Gospel Oak, and the four-manual, which formerly stood in the Northern Polytechnic Institute, Holloway Road, now in the Catholic Church, near the top of Highgate Hill, still remain to us. The large organ, which used to stand in the little church of St. Mary the Boltons, Kensington, has been transferred, with some modifications, to the great parish church of Yarmouth, where it replaces the late J. J. Binns's largest instrument, destroyed in the war.

The four-manual Hill in the Church of St. Peter (formerly known as. St. Peter and St. Paul [See note*]), Streatham, is worthy of sympathetic restoration. Although the church lost most of its stained glass in the war, the organ was little damaged. In its life of nearly 70 years it has received little attention, apart from routine maintenance. The fact that it functions as well as it does, and is still unmistakably a musical instrument, testifies to the workmanship and quality of materials which went into its making. The solid plates of ivory, 1/8in. thick, of its manual keys are not much worn, even on the great manual [See note**].

The church, on a hillside near the top of Leigham Court Road, Streatham, commands a view over a considerable part of South London."

Inside the organ
Photographs: David Chapman

Console looking towards great and choir