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The organ history of St Chad’s, Shrewsbury, dates back to the building of the church in the 1790s. A 19th-century three-manual Robert and William Gray organ was replaced by a Norman and Beard instrument in 1904 which remains the core of the organ, notwithstanding rebuilds by Nicholson and Harrison’s – the latest in 2011 which inter alia added a high-pressure tuba on the Choir. This and the other reeds get a workout in Stainer’s March in D and Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture in a disc which is a showcase for solid 20th-century English organ sound. Novelties by Richard White and Jeffery Fraser frame Karg-Elert’s typically chromatic ‘The Mirrored Moon’ (no.6

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