This instrument, which we have been lucky enough to secure on long-term loan for Lufton Church, is numbered Opus 859. It was built by August Späth (1908-1979) of Freiburger Orgelblau. The company was founded in 1834, although the Späth family had been known for at least a century before that as instrument makers, which included organs.
August’s father, Franz Xavier (1859-1940) was appointed organ builder to the Imperial German Court and to the Papal Court. The company has built instruments throughout Germany and Austria, and now has expanded world-wide, in the last few years building instruments in Denmark, Canada, America, China, and Russia, and two in Ireland, as well as a very small number in this country. This instrument was one of the last August built before his death.
His son Hartwig, and now his son Tilmann, the next two generations, are continuing to create instruments in the classic European tradition, with mechanical action, light voicing on low wind pressure, and hand-carved and beautifully designed case-work. This is one of only fourteen Späth/Freiburger instruments in the U.K., and the only one in the South West.
Further details can be found at:
National Pipe Organ Register N08910,
The Classical Organ in Britain, Vol II, pg. 36.
MANUAL (C-f3, 54 notes, divided b/c) PEDAL (C-d1, 27 notes)
Holzgedeckt 8 Sordun 16
Prinzipal 2 Pedal coupled to Manual.
Nazard 2 2/3
Tuning: Kirnberger III.
The Nazard replaces a Regal, the pipes of which have been retained with the instrument, in case they should be required again in the future.
Apart from its use in our worship each Sunday, the instrument also forms a key ingredient in our annual series of Recitals and Music events, which are usually held during the summer months after Church on Sundays at 7.30.p.m. Details are advertised on the front page of this website.
It has proved a surprisingly versatile and attractive accompanying instrument for singers and instrumentalists (and not only in music of the Baroque era, for which or course, it is ideally suited), but also as a solo instrument it proves that a small, beautifully voiced, and responsive organ can make music of any period effectively and convincingly.
In addition, it is an elegant and decorative addition visually to the church, looking as if it was made for its present position, so perfectly does it fit in our tiny building.
We are delighted and extremely lucky to be curators of this remarkable instrument, which we hope will add distinction to our worship for many, many, years to come.