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 now undergoing an extensive programme of repair and restoration - not surprising given that since its last overhaul in 1993 it has been used daily. The plan for the restoration is not to alter the unique sound of this magnificent instrument, but to put right what has become in need of repair and to do an extensive overhaul.
Harrison & Harrison of Durham, who have had the care of the organ since 1978 and are renowned organ builders and restorers, are carrying out this important work. They dismantled the organ in January 2019 and it will be out of action for the whole of the year while the restoration is carried out. A scaffold has been put over the full depth of both the north and south quire aisles and there is also scaffolding in the quire itself. In January 2020 the organ will be re-installed for tuning and voicing which will take approximately three months.
There are some imaginative plans in the pipeline for when the organ will be out of use, including the use of an Allen digital organ, more use of the piano and orchestras as well as unaccompanied singing.
The work of the repair itself 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a time-lapse of the first pipes being removed.