Willis Organ from St Mary The Virgin's Church of Downe
Downe a village in Greater London, England, located within the London Borough of Bromley but beyond the London urban sprawl. The village is notable for the fact that Charles Darwin lived here for 40 years and died here as well.

The Church of the Virgin Mary was built in the 15th century. It was repaired several times in the following centuries, with major expansions taking place in the Victorian era. The church was severely damaged in World War II and its restoration was completed in 1950.

The organ was built by H. Jones in the 19th century, according to "The National Pipe Organ Register." This organ was reconstructed and expanded in 1920 by Henry Willis. Although no written documentation is available, experts say Willis incorporated the following stops into the original organ: swell Stopped Diapason 8', Viola 8' and great Fifteenth 2'. The organ has been repaired several times over the past 100 years, but it preserves Willis ’disposition.

The organ was recorded by Samuel Sleath with a Zoom h5n recorder. He also prepared the sound sample and made a Grandorgue version with amazingly beautiful graphics. Samuel asked me to adapt the Grandorgue version to the Hauptwerk app. I gladly complied with his request.

The following friends helped me to make and publish the sample set (in alphabetical order): Gérard Lefranc István Nagy and Jean-Pierre Silvestre. If something's done well, it's thanks to them. Thank you for their work.

Sample quality 
The recording and the Grandorgue and the Hauptwerk sample available in wave format 48kHz/24 bitt,  2-channels stereo, contains multiple loops and two (native and short) releases. Equal, a=424 Hz.
Hauptwerk v4.2 and v5-6 supported for the Organ Definition Files.
The sample is quite dry, following the acoustics of the small church, so it is advisable to use an IR reverb in Hauptwerk 5-6 and an external reverb in Hauptwerk 4.2.
Keyboards, Pedal 
The original and virtual organ compass of the manuals are 56 keys, the compass of the pedal are 30 keys.    
RAM requirements  
2 GB

Pedal  (30 keys)

Sub Bass 16’ 

Great (56 keys)

Open Diapason 8’, Hohl Flute 8’, Dulciana 8’

Principal 4’, Fifteenth 2’

Swell (56 keys)

Stopped Diapason 8’, Viola 8’, Vox Angelica 8’

Flute Ouverte 4’


Swell to Pedal, Swell to Great, Great to Pedal


Swell and Dulciana 8’


Swell and Dulciana 8’



Video demonstration

Audio demos

Download / Order
You can try the demo version by downloading the demo install file.
You can install the Demo version with Hauptwerk 4.2 or 5 or 6.
The Trial Versions of the Mary of Downe Organ has a limited compass of C2-C3 (048-c to 060-c) in the pedal, C2-G5 (048-c to 079-g) in the manuals. All other functions work. So you can’t use this for play, but by using it you can learn all about the possibilities of the Hauptwerk sample set.

This sample is not marketed by me but by Samuel Sleath.
You can get the full Hauptwerk and GO version of St Mary Downe sample set  if you support St Mary Parish with £ 15.
If you are interested in this sample, please contact Samuel Sleath by filling out and submitting the form below.
Samuel will respond to you within 48 hours and give you all the additional information to download and use the sample.