The Harrison & Harrison Organ in St Albans Cathedral

Cathedral organ

The Cathedral organ was built in 1962 to a design by Peter Hurford (then Master of the Music, and founder of the St Albans International Organ Festival) 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 JS 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.

Technical specifications (PDF)

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The Robin Jennings Bach 2000 organ

Built for Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata pilgrimage in 2000, this six-stop continuo organ features an 8ft open principal. Its casework is loosely designed after the Silbermann organ at Freiburg Cathedral, Germany.

This organ is widely travelled, visiting St Mark’s Venice, Musikverein Vienna, St Nicolai Leipzig, and many prestigious venues in the United Kingdom.

Technical specifications (Jennings Organs website)

The Peter Collins organ in St Saviour’s Church

The Peter Collins organ

The International Organ Festival Society’s organ stands in St Saviour’s Church in St Albans. It was designed by Peter Collins in 1989, in the style of Andreas Silbermann.

Technical specifications (PDF)

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The Mander organ in St Peter’s Church

The organ at St Peter’s was designed and built by renowned London firm Mander Organs. From inception to installation, the project took nearly four years and was installed in 2006 – the third instrument in this historic church. The west and south doorways of St Peter’s date from the 13th century, and it is probable that people have worshipped on this site for over one thousand years.

The organ is a three-manual mechanical (tracker) action instrument with 39 stops.

Technical specifications (PDF)

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The Richard Bridge organ in Christ Church, Spitalfields

The Richard Bridge organ of Christ Church Spitalfields in east London is unique. Bridge (died 1758) was one of the leading craftsmen of his day, and his instrument was a musical and visual tour de force, recalling the striking tone colours of the baroque orchestra and complementing the architectural grandeur of Hawksmoor’s church which is now recognised as one of the high points of the English baroque.

It was fully restored in 2015, after being silent for over 50 years.

Technical specifications (PDF)

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Competition Organs – Disposition of Manuals (Top to Bottom)

Cathedral: Solo, Swell, Great, Choir

St Peter’s Church: Swell, Great, Choir

St Saviour’s Church: Grand Orgue, Positif

Christ Church, Spitalfields: Swell (short compass), Great, Choir

There is a Sequencer at the Cathedral.

There are General Pistons (No Sequencer) at St Peter’s.