Organ-building has an ancient Welsh pedigree, as witnessed by the beguiling early-sixteenth-century organ case—the oldest in the British Isles—which sits in St Stephen’s, Old Radnor (Powys), and the compelling set of materials (organ contract and organ-book) associated with Chirk Castle, near Wrexham. Complementing Stephen Bicknell’s The History of the English Organ (CUP, 1996), William Reynolds’s thought-provoking, well-documented introduction to early organs and their use in Wales and the Welsh borders is a major contribution to national organ history, opening up a range of organological and musical perspectives about local practices.
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