About the Organ
Our organ was built for the church by the Allen Organ Company, the world's largest builder of church organs. The firm's main plant is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country near Allentown.
The Allen Digital Computer Organ MDS-51 has 80 stops over four divisions (three manuals and pedals with an additional 100 stunningly realistic voices which are programed by the organist using a computer reader built into the console. The MDS-Expander II includes the Zimbelstern that emulates every aspect of its mechanical counterpart. The organ provides tones that match organ pipe sounds through the duplication of sound wave patterns, a process that provides great musical flexibity and richness of tone. The instrument's tonal versatility allows it to respond to music of Baroque, Romantic and Contemporary organ literature, as well as to provide a solid foundation for hymnody in worship, and the accompaniment of choral and solo works. The organ also includes the Allen Smart Recorder giving the organist unlimited capture memory for recording their pieces on 3-1/2 ins. high density floppy disks.
Tuning the instrument is computer contolled. The organ is unaffected by temperature and humidity changes, and does not require periodic tuning. The MDS-51 also includes an automatic transposing device that permits the organist to adjust the keyborad pitch though twelve different keys.
The organ finish has been matched to the interior woods of the church. The instrument speaks into the church from the two side chambers near the pulpit each containing four speakers and from the two speaker cabinets in the balconey that contain three speakers. In addition there is a trumpet speaker in the rear the speaker chamber often used for wedding marches.
Design and installation assistance was provided by Mr. Gregg Turner of Allen Organ in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Preparation work to accommodate the new organ and speakers was provided by the Trustees of Wapping Community Church led by Mr. Sam Brady and Mr. John Drake and the Music Committee of Wapping Community Church led by Mr. Jan Kennedy and Mrs. Darcy Graham.