Bedford Central Presbyterian Church
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn


Conductor and organist Mrs. Sherrylyn Waldron dynamically leads the large choir.

"The beautiful rose window at the back of the church is reflected in the music rack."A three-manual 80-stop Allen Renaissance˘ organ in a drawknob console was chosen by the large and enthusiastic organ committee to replace Bedford Central Presbyterian Church's 1909 three-manual Moeller pipe organ. The console is in the front of the church with the main organ speaking from the organ chamber directly behind the altar. From high in the rear of the church, the antiphonal organ sings out.

The Rev. Dr. Clive E. Neil, pastor, heads the large, active church, whose nave has 1,100 seats and a full balcony on three sides of the building. As Dr. Neil wrote recently to Allen Organ Studios, Inc., Mineola, "Bedford Central Presbyterian Church is pleased with the quality and service provided by your company. The quality of our worship service has been enhanced. A Renaissance?/font> organ should be in every church."  Dr. Neil is most ably assisted by Ms. Clareen Atkins and Ms. Joyce Mason, who ar
e dedicated church workers as well as members of the organ committee.   The church was founded in 1909 and the exterior with its many turrets is reminiscent of a castle. The former organ was a three-manual 56-stop pipe organ from 1909 with tonal revisions in 1980.

Director of Music and Organist, Sherrylyn Waldron had this to say:
"The Allen Renaissance?organ is a magnificent instrument. Its versatility provides organists the opportunity to capture all styles of music and lead their congregations in exuberant praise and worship. We are blessed to have such an instrument and are thankful to Claire Arnold and Bob Wyatt for their assistance in the selection and installation process.

"Our church has always had a pipe organ. Unfortunately, the Moeller organ had not been working at full capacity for over 10 years. Within the last year, the organ was not playable. The installation of the Allen Renaissance?organ not only brought back the sounds our congregation was used to but took us to another level. From the beautiful pipe sounds to the inspirational and jazz combinations, the Allen organ has and will continue to enhance our worship."

Conductor and organist Mrs. Sherrylyn Waldron dynamically leads the large choir.




 

 

A special concert to dedicate the new organ and the new concert grand piano was presented on Sunday, January 20, 2002, and featured guest organists Robert L. Wyatt, John Hyunil Hong, and Claire Arnold; guest pianist the Rev. Eunsung Hong; and the Choir under the direction of Mrs. Sherrylyn Waldron, director of music and organist. Pastor Hong and his son John played a festive piano-organ duet together on "How Great Thou Art" by Linda McKechnie. Spirituals and patriotic music were also included in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The artists received 5 standing ovations during the recital!  Composer David Hegarty said, "John Hong's approach to my Festival Trumpet Tune was unique and very creative. I loved it!"

"The dedication of our Renaissance˘ organ was a very rewarding experience. The capabilities of the organ far surpassed my expectations. The talent of all of the participants, especially John Hong, was breathtaking," said Ms. Waldron.  
 

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 Three-Manual 80-StopRenaissance?Organ

 Great
16 Double Diapason
16 Bourdon
8 Diapason
8 Bourdon
8 Harmonic Flute
8 Gamba
4 Octave
4 Spitzflute
2-2/3 Twelfth
2 Fifteenth
2 Waldflute
Mixture IV
Sharp Mixture III
16 Double Trumpet
8 Tromba
Tremulant
Chimes
16 Swell to Great
8 Swell to Great
4 Swell to Great
8 Choir to Great
Solo on Great

Swell
16 Bourdon doux
8 Geigen Diapason
8 Bourdon
8 Flute Celeste II
8 Salicional
8 Voix Celeste
4 Octave Geigen
4 Traverse Flute
2-2/3 Nasard
2 Piccolo
1-3/5 Tierce
Fourniture IV
16 Contre Trompette
8 Trompette
8 Hautbois
8 Vox Humana
4 Clairon
Tremulant
Celesta (So)
Harpsichord (So)
16 Swell to Swell
Swell Unison Off
4 Swell to Swell
Solo on Swell
English Swell

MIDI
MIDI on Pedal
MIDI on Swell
MIDI on Great
MIDI on Choir

Choir
16 Contra Viole
8 Holzgedackt
8 Viole
8 Viole Celeste
4 Prinzipal
4 KoppelflĂte
4 Violes II
2 Oktav
1-1/3 QuintflĂte
Cymbale III
16 Rankett
8 Cromorne
Tremulant
16 Swell to Choir
8 Swell to Choir
4 Swell to Choir
Solo on Choir
Choir Unison Off

 Solo
16 Gamba Celeste II
8 Flauto Mirabilis
8 Solo Gamba
8 Gamba Celeste
4 Gambette Celeste II
16 Tuba Mirabilis
8 Tuba Mirablis
8 French Horn
8 Corno d'Bassetto
8 Cor Anglais
4 Octave Mirabilis
Tremulant
Harpsichord
Celesta
Solo Unenclosed

Pedal
64 Resultant
32 Contre Bourdon
32 Contra Violone
16 Diapason
16 Bourdon
16 Bourdon doux (Sw)
16 Contra Gamba (So)
16 Violone
8 Octave
8 GedacktflĂte
8 Gamba (So)
4 Choralbass
4 Flute
Mixture IV
32 Contre Bombarde
32 Contre Dbl Trumpet (Gt)
16 Bombarde
16 Double Trumpet (Gt)
8 Trompette
4 Clarion
8 Great to Pedal
4 Great to Pedal
8 Swell to Pedal
4 Swell to Pedal
8 Choir to Pedal
Solo on Pedal

General
All Swells To Swell
Gt-Pd Unenclosed
Gt-Pd 2nd Voices
Melody Coupler Ch>Gt
Bass Coupler
Gt-Ch Manual Transfer
Alternate Tuning
Tremulants Full
Gt-Pd Mains Off
Gt-Pd to Antiphonal
Choir Mains Off
Choir to Antiphonal
Swell Mains Off
Swell to Antiphonal
Solo Mains Off
Solo to Antiphonal


Second Voices

Pedal
16 Prinzipal
16 Posaune
8 Oktav

Swell
8 Open Diapason
8 Viole d'Orch
8 Viole Celeste
8 Erz╚hler Celeste
4 Octave
Mixture V
16 Dbl. Trumpet
8 Trumpet
8 Orch. Oboe
8 Vox Humana
4 Clarion

Great
16 Quintaten
8 Prinzipal
8 Metalgedackt
4 Oktav
Sesquialt. II
Carillon

Renaissance R380

 

 

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