The MOS-600 Allen organ at Williamwood Parish Church – built 1971, installed in 1972.
From the Allen Organ archives “our Sales Day Book for that period shows that the organ was invoiced on 23rd December 1971 – our invoice number 2939 – the total cost to the church was £5910.00″ (Note: at 2011 rates that works out at around £67,500!)
Click the following links for more information, some going back to 1971!
- The Organ of Williamwood (added 7/2/11)
- MOS 600 Brochure (1) (added 8/2/11)
- MOS 600 brochure (2) (added 8/2/11)
- Biography Stephen Hicks – recitalist in 1972 (added 8/2/11)
- Quote from the Williamwood Parish Church Jubilee Booklet in 1987 (added 8/2/11)
- From the archives – church news letter cuttings (added 11/2/11)
- From the archives – about Williamwood (added 11/2/11)
- A Short history of the Allen Organ Company
We were the first Church in Scotland to install a digital organ by the Allen Organ Company. Our organ is in fine working order for being 40 years old in 2011. It has been in constant use since installation, and used for recitals, congregational singing, and choral concerts. It has required minimal maintenance – testament to Allen’s organ builders!
An innovation in 1970 was with the Allen MOS technology that allows additional stops to be added – the Alterable Voices shown on the registration above. This is made possible by the Tone Card Reader.
The Tone Cards are essentially punched cards that program the stops. This allows an extensive array of voices to be played!