Organ Restoration 2019
Our Father Willis organ is one of the Cathedral’s great treasures, and is still fulfilling its purpose over 140 years after it was installed between 1876 and 1877. As well as accompanying the liturgy on a daily basis, the instrument is used for recordings, weddings, funerals, recitals, concerts and demonstrations. Renowned for its exceptional sound quality, it is an irreplaceable and important part of the country’s musical heritage.
This famous organ has now come 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 2019 and early 2020 they completely dismantled the instrument and every pipe and part has now been cleaned, repaired and reassembled. The organ was brought back into use for Evensong on 24 February 2020, but it will be re-dedicated officially on Easter Day (12 April 2020). The 2020 Organ Festival celebrates the return of this instrument, and details may be found here.
Whilst this restoration work has now come to an end, we are still very grateful for donations towards the work, which has cost over £700,000. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a time-lapse of the first pipes being removed.