The organ is at the heart of our Sunday worship and also underpins our flourishing choral tradition. We have a traditional three-manual pipe organ built by A. Kirkland in 1888 and subsequently rebuilt by J.W. Walker & Sons in 1940 & 1972 and by Mander Organs in 2016.
The comprehensive rebuilding of the organ in 2016 cost over £350,000 and was generously funded by past and present members of the choir and congregation, the local community, Viridor Credits Environmental Company and various other grant making charities.
A plaque on the organ case and a commemorative booklet together record the generosity of all the donors to the appeal.
Completion of the project was marked by a concert given by Simon Johnson, Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, and by the commissioning of a new anthem “All heaven before mine eyes” from the composer Janet Wheeler.
Read the story of the rebuild and the technical challenges that had to be overcome in this article from Organist’s Review (September 2016) written by Paul Hale, the organ consultant on the project.
The revised specification of the instrument can also be reviewed here.
To see and hear the old organ being played by our Director of Music, see below.