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Organ Restoration 2019

Our Father Willis Organ is one of our Cathedral’s great treasures, and is still fulfilling its purpose 140 years after...

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Organ Restoration 2019

Our Father Willis Organ is one of our Cathedral’s great treasures, and is still fulfilling its purpose 140 years after it was installed in 1876. As well as accompanying our daily liturgy, the instrument is used for recordings, weddings, funerals, recitals, concerts and demonstrations by other organists. It is an irreplaceable and important part of the country’s musical heritage.

 

This famous organ is coming to the end of a remarkable, once in a generation, fourteen-month long restoration by renowned organ builders and restorers Harrison & Harrison of Durham, who have had the care of the organ since 1978. Over the past year they have completely dismantled the instrument and every pipe and part has now been cleaned, repaired and reassembled. In January and Februrary the important work of 'voicing' of the organ will take place so that it can once again be played,

 

Nearly 4,000 organ pipes need to be adjusted individually so that they each ‘speak correctly’ - once they have been ‘voiced’ they can then be ‘tuned’ – made to sound the exact pitch required, not higher or lower. As each pipe is adjusted, its sound changes - since the voicing is all regulated by human ear, the building needs to be as quiet as possible for the organ builders to listen to every single pipe in detail.

 

This intensive restoration work will cost over £700,000 and the Cathedral needs help to fund this important work - please click here to donate and help us secure the future of this marvellous organ.  


For more information contact Jilly Wright on 01722 555122 or j.wright@salcath.co.uk

 

Watch a time-lapse of the first pipes being removed.