The Willis Family - Netflix
The Willis Family is a new series following a musically gifted family of fourteen — 4 boys, 8 girls and parents Brenda and Toby — as they make music at home and on the road.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Willis Family - Henry Willis - Netflix
Henry Willis (27 April 1821 – 11 February 1901), also known as “Father” Willis, was an English organ player and builder, who is regarded as the foremost organ builder of the Victorian era. His company Henry Willis & Sons remains in business.
The Willis Family - Growth of his reputation - Netflix
For the Great Exhibition of 1851, Willis erected the largest of the organs exhibited with an unprecedented 70 speaking stops. He introduced several novel features, which had a significant effect on organ design. Piston buttons were inserted between the manuals to allow automatic selection of blocks of “stops”, and Barker lever servo action was used on the manuals to overcome the constraints of tracker action connecting rods for an instrument of such size and complexity. After the exhibition ended, the instrument was erected in reduced form at Winchester Cathedral where in 1854 it now had 49 speaking stops over four manuals and pedals, and the first concave and radiating pedalboard. The pedalboard was the joint idea of Willis and Samuel Sebastian Wesley with whom Willis collaborated on his next large organ of 100 speaking stops at St George's Hall, Liverpool in 1855.
The Willis Family - References - Netflix