The Organ Appeal

HELP US SAFEGUARD THE FUTURE OF THE CATHEDRAL ORGAN

 

Winchester Cathedral is embarking on a project to transform the capability of its mighty “Father Willis” Cathedral organ. The organ is the beating heart of the Cathedral, in daily

use for worship, recitals and concerts, and can be heard the world over in broadcasts and recordings. The last major overhaul of the organ was over 30 years ago and it is now showing significant signs of fatigue. Winchester Cathedral’s glorious and world renowned musical tradition is part of our cultural heritage, and one we have a duty to protect and preserve, to better serve congregations now and for the future.

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THE PROJECT

The refurbishment work will start in January 2021 and take up to a year. We plan to engage Harrison & Harrison, who have looked after the organ since the 1930s and are one of the finest organ builders in the world. Specialist teams will be on site undertaking the major and complex renovation task.

A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN, THE VERY REV'D CATHERINE OGLE

At the heart of Cathedral life is a glorious and worldrenowned musical tradition. Within the wonderful work of our musicians the organ can be regarded as the beating heart: supporting the liturgy and congregational singing and leading professionals and ceremonials. The last major overhaul of the instrument took place in 1989 and now this mighty instrument is in need of some tender loving care and the time is now right for restoration and cleaning. I do hope you will support this appeal so that the organ can continue to do its great work at the centre of Cathedral life.

A MESSAGE FROM ANDREW LUMSDEN DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

An organ is a living breathing machine – over time metal collapses, leather perishes and dust accumulates. It is now over 30 years since the organ last had any work done and it is in need of a major ‘MOT’. Whilst it still may sound well, inside it is becoming less reliable and more difficult to play as pipes become damaged, moving parts weaken, wind leaks from an unstable system and the chances of a major breakdown increase. By rebuilding now we hope to avoid any of this happening during a major service. Thank you for your support for this project which will breathe new life into one of the Cathedral’s most important assets.

HOW CAN YOU HELP

The estimated cost of the project is £1.8m. We have made a good start with pledged support from the Winchester Cathedral Trust and Friends of Winchester Cathedral, and Chapter funds already allocated to the project. We have raised £600,000 and need your help for the remaining £1.2m. Click the image to find out more.

OUR BROCHURE

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‘The organ is in truth the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all
instruments invented by human genius. It is a whole orchestra in itself. It can
express anything in response to a skilled touch. Surely it is, in some sort, a pedestal
on which the soul poises for a flight forth into space.’
HONORÉ DE BALZAC