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11 Convent Road, Sathorn,

Henry Willis & Son, London.
2 manual and pedal
Action mechanical

Christ Church

After an influx of protestant missionaries in the early to mid 19th Century, King Rama IV granted land for a church to be built to serve them in Charoenkrung Road. However, it wasn't long until the English Church (as it was then known due its mainly English congregation) was overstretched. In 1904 King Rama V granted permission for a bigger and more centrally located church to be built.

The result was this lovely white Anglican Church on Convent Road, built in simple gothic-meets-colonial style. Today it serves a congregation of around 500, lending spiritual shelter from Sathorn Road's teeming traffic. The interior is painted white and contains stained glass windows, one of which depicts Christ's crucifixion. It also contains Thailand's only pipe organ. Services and sermons are given in both Thai and English.

The organ was made by Messrs. Henry Willis and Son of London who had made a similar organ for the Anglican Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Kuala Lumpur. Part of the cost came from donations at the dedication service held on 19 November 1905 and the rest was provided by a loan from Mr. Henry Hooker, later repaid.

By 1975, the organ had become all but unusable, but rather than replace it, it was rebuilt by Peter Scott, the Manager of DuPont Chemicals (Thailand), with advice and diagrams from Henry Willis IV. Henry Willis himself came from the United Kingdom for two weeks to finish the rebuild.

The clergy stalls in front of the organ had been given by Mr E.Ambrose in 1907.

Christ Church clergy stalls

The organ in Christ Church was built in 1904 by Henry Willis & Son of London, England. It was first tried out by the organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and, after he declared it fit, it was shipped to Thailand.

Upon arrival in Bangkok it was held up in the harbour by the Royal Thai Customs officials for two weeks while they figured out what it was. The organ was then installed at Christ Church by Mr. F.G. Barr from Kuala Lumpur.

Starting in 1975, the organ was rebuilt over a period of two years by Mr Peter Scott with the advice and diagrams received from Mr. Henry Willis IV who came from England for two weeks to complete the rebuild. Since then the maintenance of the organ has been undertaken by parish members and persons from different organ builders who were travelling through Bangkok. Although functional and fundamentally sound, it is now in need of another complete rebuild.

The organ has tracker action throughout, mechanical drawstop action, a balanced Swell pedal and two combinations pedals to Great.

Specification of the organ is:

GREAT  (56 notes) SWELL  (56 notes)
Open Diapason 8' Open Diapason 8'
Claribel Flute 8' Lieblich Gedackt 8'
Dulciana 8' Gamba 8'
Principal 4' .Blockfloete 4'
Fifteenth 2'

Swell Tremulant
PEDAL  (30 notes) Swell to Great
Bourdon 16' Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal

Organ details, photographs and church history from Christ Church, Bangkok, web site.



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