Cathedral Music - The Organ


The West elevation of the new case, designed by Caroe and Partners, the cathedral architects, in collaboration with Harrison & Harrison, the organbuilders.


The cathedral’s organ was built by Henry Willis in 1883, and had three manuals and thirty-one stops. It was rebuilt by Hill, Norman and Beard in 1953, when no significant tonal alterations were made, but the instrument was housed in a new case by the architect Alban Caroe. This was smaller than the previous ‘pipe-rack’ by Willis, which meant that almost the entire pedal organ had to be moved off the screen to a new enclosure in the South Transept. This created enormous problems of balance, with these pipes too loud in the quire and not loud enough in the Nave. Further work took place by Rushworth & Dreaper in 1980, and Percy Daniel & Co in 1986 and 1989.

The organ was dismantled in September 1998 and underwent a major restoration and rebuild by Harrison & Harrison of Durham between 1998 and 2000. A new case of limed oak ( incorporating parts of the old east case) once again houses almost the entire pedal organ on screen, the Willis Choir removed in 1980 was re- instated, and with a few other additions in the style of Father Willis, the new organ now has four manuals and fifty-four stops. The specification may be viewed at the web-site of Harrison & Harrison.

The new instrument was dedicated by the Bishop of St Davids at Choral Mattins on Sunday 15 October 2000, and the inaugural recital was given by Dr Roy Massey MBE, organist of Hereford Cathedral, on Wednesday 15 November 2000.

 

Recordings of the Organ

Purchasing Recordings of the Organ

The CDs listed below are all priced at £12.50.  Please contact the Cathedral Bookshop on 01437 720060 or email info@stdavidscathedral.org.uk for details of how to obtain these recordings.


Sounds of St Davids - The Organ of St Davids Cathedral (2009)


Organ - Alexander Mason

Overture to the Occasional Oratorio Handel • Grand Choeur (Alla Handel) Guilmant • Thema Met Variaties Andriessen • Adagio in E major Bridge • Piece Heroique Frank • Ave Maria, Ave Maris Stella Langlais • Fantaisie sur un theme norvegien (No XVIII from Vingt-quatre pieces pour orgue ou harmonium) Langlais • Dieu parmi nous (No IX from La Nativite du Seigneur) Messiaen • Variations on 'Torches' Mason • Two Improvisations: March & Suo Gan Mason

The Organ of St Davids Cathedral (2002)


Organ - Timothy Noon

Prelude and Fugue in G Bach • Trois Pieces Alain • Fantasia in G Tomkins • Sonata 3 in A Mendelssohn • Paean Leighton • Psalm-Preludes Set 2 No 1 Howells • Carillon-Sortie Mulet • Cloudsong and Riverdance Whelan, arr. Johnstone

 

 

Rhapsody - The Organ of St Davids Cathedral (2000)


Organ - Timothy Noon

Rhapsody in C Sharp Minor Howells • Expressions Nos 16 and 17 Hakim • Offertoire et Élevation Couperin • Prelude and Fugue in C Major J.S.Bach • Prélude Et Fugue Sur Le Nom D’Alain Duruflé • Le Cygne Saint-Saëns • The Plymouth Suite Whitlock

 

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