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St Albans Cathedral Organ

The Harrison & Harrison Organ in St Albans Cathedral

The Cathedral organ was built in 1962 to a design by Peter Hurford (then Master of the Music) and Ralph Downes.


The design of the instrument was revolutionary, being the first cathedral instrument in Britain to be voiced and built on neo-classical lines. Therefore it is possible to achieve a good balance between stops in all schools of organ repertoire (particularly, for example, the Trio Sonatas of J.S. Bach), whilst being a flexible instrument for accompanying the traditional English cathedral repertoire.


In 2007-9 the organ was comprehensively refurbished by Harrison &

Harrison of Durham (the original builders), with the addition of a fourth manual, new Great reeds and a 32' pedal reed.