The organ was built by Henry Willis in 1879, and was inaugurated on Easter Day by the Cathedral Organist, Dr A.L. Peace, as the first permanent organ installed in the Cathedral since the Reformation. It was rebuilt and enlarged by Henry Willis & Sons in 1903 and 1931, and again by J.W. Walker & Sons in 1971. In 1996 the organ was completely reconstructed and redesigned by Harrison & Harrison, with new slider chests, rebuilt actions and an improved layout; the original wind reservoirs have been fully restored. The excellent Willis pipework of 1879, somewhat altered over the years, remains at the heart of the organ.
Our free Celebrity Organ Recital Series offers a wonderful opportunity to hear the instrument outside its usual liturgical role. Past celebrity recitals include Anna Lapwood (2019), Daniel Cook (2018) and David Briggs (2017). Thomas Ospital’s 2020 performance has unfortunately been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will be rescheduled when the situation allows.
Elgar: Allegro maestoso (Organ Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 28)
Suite pour orgue: Prélude – M Duruflé
Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor – J S Bach