The Grand Organ
Henry Willis began the construction of the organ in 1923, and part of the organ was used at the consecration of the Cathedral in the following year. The organ was not completed until 1926.
The organ sits in two cases on opposite sides of the choir, currently comprised of 10,268 pipes. There are eight manual divisions: the Great, Solo, and Bombarde organs occupy the South case; the Swell, Choir and Positif occupy the North case; the Corona organ (installed 1997) is situated in a gallery high up under the tower vaulting; and the central organ (installed 2007) is located on the South central gallery. The Pedal organ is distributed between both North and South cases.
There are two five-manual consoles – one up in a gallery under the North choir case and a mobile recital console. The Choir and Positif organs are played from the same keyboard, the Corona organ can be played from either the Choir or Bombarde keyboard, and the central from either the Bombarde or Great.
If you would like to know more about the history and dimensions of the Grand Organ and the Lady Chapel organ at Liverpool Cathedral, read; 'The Organs in Liverpool Cathedral' account compiled by Professor Ian Tracey, Cathedral Organist.
This is available to buy in the Cathedral Shop.
Organ recitals are held throughout each year as follows (details, incuding playlists, ticket arrangements and organists are in the 'Events' section of the website:
Bank Holiday Series 11:15am
Easter Bank Holiday Monday
Spring Bank Holiday Monday (Opening recital of the Liverpool Organ Day)
Whit Bank Holiday Monday
Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday
Admission and car parking payable in each case
Anniversary Recital 3:00pm
Commemorating the anniversary of the consecration of the Organ and opening recital. Held on the Saturday nearest to the 18th October each year. Admission by programme @£5.00 - car parking payable.
Summer Saturday Series 4:00pm
Saturday afternoons in July and August, for the duration of the Cathedral Choir Summer Vacation. These recitals are free of charge to audience. Car parking is payable.
To view recital programmes, please follow the link above to the right.
Patrons of the Organ
Curious? Interested? Find out more about becoming a Patron of the Organ and how you can help towards the upkeep of the Organ on our Organ Appeal Fund page and then download the relevant forms to help.
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