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May 16th, 2010 - New Organ for the Cathedral
New Organ for the Cathedral

New Organ for the Cathedral



New Organ for the Cathedral

The new organ of Leeds Cathedral will be blessed by Bishop Roche at 3.00pm on 16th May 2010 at Pontifical Vespers. The service will be sung by all three Cathedral Choirs, directed by Christopher McElroy and accompanied by Christopher Johns. At 3.30pm, the inaugural recital will be given by Benjamin Saunders.

The original organ was built specifically for the Cathedral in 1904 by Norman and Beard. Following a period of silence of around 30 years, Johannes Klais Orgelbau was chosen to reconstruct and enlarge the instrument to serve the requirements of the restored Cathedral and the new position of the choir at the East End. Rather than follow the well trodden path of producing yet another eclectic organ, supposedly capable of playing any repertoire, it was decided to pursue the artistic ideal of an instrument of great character in harmony with the spirit of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts building, and within the embrace of the richness of the Catholic liturgical tradition. The organ's design and development were under the supervision of Benjamin Saunders and consultant David Sanger.

Details of the inaugural recital series can be found here. 

The organ specification can be found here. 



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