Father Willis Organ Restoration | Salisbury Cathedral

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Salisbury organ pipes panoramic

Up on the scaffolding. Photo by Ash Mills.

Organ pipes, north case

Pipes from within the 'Great' division of the organ, in the north organ case. The Great reeds can be seen clearly.

North organ case Tubas

A view from the top of the north organ case, with Tubas to the right, and display pipes to the left.

Pipes inside the Solo box

These pipes are part of the 'Solo' division of the organ, and are enclosed in an expression box. Photographed prior to restoration.

Display pipes

Assistant Director of Music, John Challenger, up in front of the display pipes. Photo by Ash Mills.

Scaffolding floor

Up at the height of the display pipes. The organ is now ready to be dismantled.

In the north organ case

John Challenger and Christian Sullivan up in the north organ case. Photo by Ash Mills.

Scaffolding and crates

Crates of pipes being lowered down from the two organ cases via the scaffolding.

Pipe removal

The first few pipes are removed, showing hundreds more behind.

The display pipes are removed

The display pipes are removed, allowing access to thousands more. Photo by Ash Mills.

Dirty reed pipes

Reed pipes from the north case, ready for a clean. Photo by Ash Mills.

Crates

Crates full of pipes which will be taken to the workshop in Durham.

Pipes

Pipes from the 'Swell' organ, ready to be packed.

Wooden pipes

Wooden pipes taken from the south organ case.

Wooden resonators

The big wooden resonators from the 32-foot Contra Posaune, usually hidden from view.

South organ case

In the south organ case, with virtually everything removed.

The 'Great' soundboard

The soundboard of the 'Great' organ with all pipes removed.

Empty organ case 1

The north organ case - empty.

Empty organ case 2

The south organ case - empty.

Durham visit 1

David Halls tries out the newly-restored keyboards, which are packed ready to be sent back to Salisbury. Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 2

John Challenger is reunited with the organ console, newly-restored. Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 3

The organ's four manuals, which have received expert attention. Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 4

The old Great reservoir (left), and its like-for-like replacement (right), modified in shape for ease of access and maintenance in the future, with internal valves replaced with external. Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 5

Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 6

The workshop. Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 7

Head Voicer, Andy Scott. Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 8

Organ cone-tuning tools. Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 9

The Great Trumpet. Photo by Ash Mills.

Durham visit 10

Photo by Ash Mills.

Video

New organ CD