Home > Music Home >

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Putney Bridge SW15

The following description was written for the programme of Graham Hallett's recital in October 1989 -

This Marcussen organ boasts a modest, classical specification, ideal for the performance of Baroque music. It is designed on the Werk-Prinzip which, simply, encases each division of the organ in its own, roofed cabinet, which effectively projects the sound outward into the building.

Its construction is of the very highest quality, visibly and tonally: -
witness the fact that it has never had to be tuned since its installation, with the inevitable exception of the reed stops (Krumhorn & Fagot) which are designed to be easily adjusted by the organist! And it is a delight to play – though much less forgiving of the player's imperfections than more romantic instruments.

"Despite its small specification, it is remarkably versatile, as perhaps this programme will reveal, for it includes several works which, on the face of it, are unsuitable for the instrument. Hopefully you will enjoy the experience of judging its versatility!"

Specification of the Marcussen Organ

Hovedvaerk (Great)
Brystvaerk (Swell)




Principal 8'

Gedakt 8' Subbas 16'

Rørfløjte 8'

Spidsfløjte 4' Oktav 8'

Oktav 4'

Principal 2' (from Principal 8')

Mixtur IV

Quint 11/3' Fagot 16'
Krumhorn 8'
Mechanical Action
Couplers (worked by pedals)... Brystvaerk/Hovedvaerk
The Marcussen organ was installed in an organ gallery in front of the tower arch in 1982
Case Design Ronald G Sims


Honorary Advisor James Dalton

Fellow and Organist, Queens College, Oxford

Director of Music Graham Thorp


Organ Builders Marcussen & Son

Aabenraa, Denmark