Organ Installation

What's happened?

During 2016 Manchester Cathedral had a new organ built, generously sponsored by the Stoller Charitable Trust. The total cost was approximately £2.6m. The Stoller Organ will be at the centre of Cathedral music and in use virtually every day of the year for services, concerts, recitals, recordings and teaching.

Why do we need a new organ?

The old organ was badly damaged when a bomb exploded on the north east side of the Cathedral in 1940, and stop-gap measures were taken to repair the instrument, re-using old pipework. This organ lasted 75 years. In 2010, the Bishop of Manchester launched a fundraising appeal for a new organ in Manchester Cathedral.

The Stoller Organ, built by Tickells, is designed with a mechanical key action and has better access for tuning and maintenance. Whereas the previous organ took up space in the aisles, the Stoller Organ is mounted on the screen, as the pre-war organs were.

The beautiful pipe shades have been designed by text artist Stephen Raw. The lettering on the pipe shades is taken from the words of the liturgy in Latin, the common language of Christian worship internationally. The cut-through lettering helps to release sound. There are over 4800 pipes inside the instrument, ranging from 6 inches to 32 feet high. The pipes facing into the quire were gilded by hand with wafer-thin 23.5 carat gold leaf, so that they will never tarnish.

The building works completed in the winter of 2016/17, the voicing and sounding of the instrument took place from January to April 2017. 

The Dedication and Blessing of the new Stoller Organ, with a recital by world-renowned concert organist, Thomas Trotter was held on Thursday 14 September 2017.

Photographs taken during the building and installation of the new organ can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Download the report on the build of the Stoller Organ.