Organs – Leeds Cathedral

The Klais Organ

The original organ was manufactured by one of the most eminent English organ builders, Norman and Beard, and was built specifically for the Cathedral in 1904. Following a period of silence of around 30 years, Johannes Klais Orgelbau were chosen to reconstruct and enlarge the instrument to serve the requirements of the restored cathedral and new position of the choir.  The organ was built in the workshops of Klais in Bonn, and transported to the Cathedral in July 2009 to complete the work in situ over a six month period. The project was under the supervision of Benjamin Saunders and David Sanger.

The tonal style is English Edwardian, and so all the historic 1904 pipework has been carefully restored on its original chests, with new pipework matching the original materials and construction methods. The organ now has seven divisions, controlled from a four manual console with 78 stops, and features a unique new system of allocating manual departments to keyboards.The inaugural concert was given on 16th May 2010 at 3pm by Benjamin Saunders.

• The Klais website has an article on the Cathedral organ here.
• There is a colour magazine feature here .
(© 2010 Organists Review)
• A printable copy of the specification and description of the organs can be found here.
• Organ recitals in the Diocese can be found here.

 

Specification    
7 Divisions, 55 Ranks    
     
Choral Pedal    
Sub Bass 16 2010
     
Choral Great    
Open Diapason 8 2010
Bourdon 8 2010
Dulciana 8 1904
Principal 4 2010
Flute 4 2010
Gemshorn 2 2010
Cornettino III 2010
     
Choral Swell    
Rohr Flote 8 1904
Salicional 8 1904
Vox Angelica 8 2010
Principal 4 2010
Flauto Traverso 4 1904
Mixture III 2010
Cornopean 8 2010
Oboe 8 2010
Tremulant    
     
Nave Pedal    
Harmonic Bass 32 1904
Open Diapason 16 1904
Violone 16 1904
Bourdon 16 1904
Quint Bass 10 2/3 2010
Octave 8 1904
Bass Flute 8 1904
Trombone 16 1904
     
Nave Great    
Double Diapason 16 1904
Open Diapason I 8 1904
Open Diapason II 8 1904
Hohl Flute 8 1904
Principal 4 1904
Harmonic Flute 4 1904
Fifteenth 2 1904
Mixture III 1904
Trumpet 8 1904
     
Nave Swell    
Bourdon 16 1904
Geigen Principal 8 1904
Lieblich Gedeckt 8 1904
Echo Gamba 8 1904
Voix Celeste 8 1904
Gemshorn 4 1904
Lieblich Flote 4 1904
Mixture III 1904
Double Trumpet 16 1904
Horn 8 1904
Oboe 8 1904
Vox Humana 8 1904
Tremulant    
     
Nave Solo    
Tuba 8 1963
Octave Tuba 4 1963
Solo Flute 8 2010
Clarinet 8 1904

The Collins Organ

This small box organ was manufactured by Peter Collins in 1992. It is a portable instrument and is usually located between the choir stalls in the Sanctuary. It is in daily use to accompany Gregorian chant.

Specification  
Stopped Diapason 8
Flute 4
Fifteenth 2
   

The Director of our Schools Singing Programme, @thomas_leech, writing for @ArtsPro on equality in cathedral music. 'Achievement in a cathedral choir and the subsequent fruits of this should be available without regard to social circumstance.'

We're delighted that our YouTube singing sessions are featured on https://www.candomusic.org/ - lots of fabulous resources for school and home music on this great website. Excellent work from @MusicTeachers_ @ISM_music and @musicmarkuk #CanDoMusic

And we're back in schools too - our wonderful Choral Director team have had a fabulous week working with all these wonderful young voices! #CanDoMusic

Some of our choirs are slowly returning to in-person rehearsal after months of online sessions! Here are the cathedral girls, singing together for the first time in nearly 7 months! 🎶🎶🎶

It should not disappear but it needs to grow and adapt, like the amazing work by @DOLMusic in Leeds, and @ward_lw in Liverpool.

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My voice is changing right now so I’m in this range where I can sing quite high or low, so I can either sing treble or tenor right now! When I sing it gives me more confidence in school and everywhere. The whole choir feels like a community and you get to meet lots of new people as well. My favourite pieces are some of the Glorias, I also like singing in other languages. 13 years old, Leeds Cathedral Senior Boys Choir ... See MoreSee Less

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Today at Leeds Cathedral:

9.30 am Mass (Cantor)

11 am Solemn Mass (Boys)
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Deo gratias, Britten
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