Christopher J. Kent BMus MMus PhD FRCO ARMCM FSA
Christopher Kent (Ph.D., M.Mus., F.R.C.O., F.S.A.) studied at The University of Manchester and King's College, London. A former Secretary of The British Institute of Organ Studies he as served as an organ adviser to the Dioceses of Oxford and Salisbury and is currently a member of the Organs Advisory Committee of the C.C.C.. During his career at The University of Reading he established courses in Organ Historiography.
Recent projects include the relocation and restoration of a large 1810 chamber organ by William Allen for St. Martin's Church Bremhill, Wiltshire (12/1). The case and gilded facade pipes are restored along with the partially missing Bassoon stop and a replicated 'nag's head' swell box for the Hautboy. An ongoing project is the restoration of a two manual instrument (1810) attributed to G.P. England, with a second manual added by William Hill (1893), in the church of the Holy Cross, Ramsbury, Wiltshire. Malfunctioning inappropriate additions of 1960 have been removed and investigations of the original finish of the case are planned. The latter has also been requested by the church of St. Andrew Chippenham for the case of the Brice Seede organ (1752).
Currently I am also advising the church of Norton and The Wiltshire Heritage Museum on the future conservation and possible relocation of a long redundant 1863 barrel organ by T.C.Bates presented to the parish by a former incumbent the distinguished Wiltshire historian and antiquarian Canon John Edward Jackson. Amongst new instruments the most recent is the two manual organ in the chapel of Bowood House which follows the work of Trost in its scalings and voicing.
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