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Pulling Out the Stops

Exhibition Mock-up pulling out the stops 2019


Whilst our famous Father Willis organ is being restored, a special interactive exhibition titled Pulling Out the Stops will be on display. 


North Transept

Saturday 16 February until November 2019 

Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00 


Visitors will be able to learn about the rich history of the organ, from its installation in 1877 to the present day. This exhibition will feature a virtual organ, the first of its kind to be used inside a cathedral. Visitors will be able to play a keyboard and pull out stops on a touch screen to recreate the unique sound of our Father Willis organ!


Other interactive features will include a model organ, parts from the organ itself, viewing windows for seeing the restoration as it happens, a children's activity sheet and videos that take us behind-the-scenes. 


There will be an opportunity to see the exhibition for even longer on 21 February, when our Cathedral will stay open from 18:30 to 20:00. 


Watch the video below of John, our Assistant Director of Music, explaining why this restoration work is taking place. 



Would you like to help save our organ?

Repairing our organ will cost £700,000 and we need help to fund this important work. There will be a contactless donation point at the exhibition, or you can click here to donate. We hugely appreciate donations of any amount. For more information contact Jilly Wright on 01722 555122 or j.wright@salcath.co.uk