Peter Collins (organ builder)

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For other people named Peter Collins, see Peter Collins (disambiguation).
Organ in St Peter Mancroft of 1984

Peter Collins (died 24 October 2015) was an English pipe organ builder based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He specialised in tracker action organs. Collins was an advocate of computer-aided design, using it to produce compact instruments and to control material costs.

Collins founded his company in 1964. Prior to that, he worked in another established organ building firm. He has built organs varying in size from one stop to over 50 stops. According to its website (see below), the company entered a creditors voluntary liquidation on 20th January 2017.

Organs in the UK[edit]

Examples are to be found in the UK including Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh; St Peter Mancroft, Norwich; Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton. A notable commission was for the St Albans International Organ Festival (IOF), with which Collins was associated for some time; the IOF organ (sited in St Saviour's church) was built in 1989 in the style of Andreas Silbermann (1678–1734).[1] Peter Hurford, who founded the IOF while he was organist of St Albans Cathedral, played commissioning recitals on a number of Collins organs, and also recorded on some of them.

Organs in other countries[edit]

Peter Collins's organs are found in a number of other countries, including Australia, France, Germany (Magdalenenkirche Bayreuth); Norway, Korea, Sweden (a controversial collaboration with digital organ builders Allen in Trönö),[2] and the United States.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Newsletter. 2007. The Institute of British Organ Building
  2. ^ The Parish Church of Trono, Trono, Sweden