In 2021 we have built a new organ for Ry church. The instrument replaces a Marcussen organ from 1976, which is now installed in Immanuels Church in Kolding. This organ had also replaced an earlier Marcussen organ, built in 1923, with pneumatic operation. Similar to the church's previous instruments, the new organ is installed in the gallery of the tower room, but this time with the console placed on a new gallery. The organ has thus achieved the best possible sound development, with the sounding facade pipes of the Great divistion in the two curved wall openings and the other pipes immediately behind. The swell and pedal divisions are also set up in the tower chamber, separated by the tuning gallery - which also forms the passage to the console. The organ’s divisions use the entire tower room as an "organ case".
The console is electrically connected to the valves of the windchests, which are electro-pneumatically controlled. The stop action is purely electric and equipped with a plug-in combination system. The console can be adjusted in height by means of motors.
The organ's blower, and the wedge bellows for the main and swell divisions, are installed in the church's attic. The Zimbelstern is equipped with "chimes" and connected to 3 stars in the facade - all of which rotate when the Zimbelstern is activated.
The new gallery and organ facade were designed by Rubow Architects, Aarhus-DK. Organ consultant: Svend Prip.
Couplers: H+S, S 16', S4', P+H, P+S
Tremulant: swell organ
Zimbelstern: with chimes
Key action: Electro-pneumatic (free-standing console on new gallery)
Stop action: Electric
Combinations: Sinua Castellan
The specification and scales are designed for an organ sound inspired by the first part of the 20th century - including elements of the Anglican organ tradition, represented by instruments built by Forster and Andrews, among others. So-called tuning rings are used to tune the open metal pipes.
The goal is not a copy of a certain organ type - but an innovation based on the actual conditions, where the sound, vocality and use in the context of worship are given special priority.
In the statement of approval, from the Church Ministry's organ consultant Torben Krebs, it reads among other things:
"An examination of the organ parts reveals a wealth of beautiful details which it would be going too far to go into here - however, the Principal 8' of the main division, with its romantic, horn-like character, has some distinguished harmonic qualities and is also extremely well suited as a solo part. The principal choirs of the main division, moreover, blend together to perfection. In the swell a Gemshorn 4' is arranged, whose hybrid character (principal/flute) is strikingly beautiful. The voice is made to Willis's meter. Gamba 8' and Vox Angelica 8' are of great beauty - the latter also makes an excellent accompaniment to Reed Flute 8' - almost like a Flötenschwebung.
The electro-pneumatic action works well and precisely and is pleasant to play. It also feels quite "alive" and repeatable - thanks in part to the "Espressivo" magnetic switches used.
I don't remember ever having seen such a "big" and rich 16-stop organ. It is no exaggeration to say that a very significant part of the organ literature can be realized here with an efficiency and tonal quality rarely experienced on even much larger organs. It is of course obvious that the organ is particularly suited to Romantic and contemporary music, but at no time would I hold back from venturing into Baroque territory as well. Here, too, its special tonal identity can work convincingly, and the electro-pneumatic action is in fact so good and precise that the articulation can come alive.
Ry Church's new organ is an excellent example of how the use of electro-pneumatic action and electronic, computer-controlled aids can be combined with the finest, classical organ-building craftsmanship. "