ORGAN OF THE MONTH 100: October 2010

Liverpool Cathedral
(Henry Willis 1926)

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To celebrate reaching the 100th Organ of the Month, we feature the largest operational organ in the UK with over 10,000 pipes.

Henry Willis began its construction in 1923 but it was not completed until 1926.  The Great, Solo and Bombarde organs occupy a case on the South side of the choir, while the Swell, Choir and Positive occupy the North case.  A Corona division was added in 1997, 178ft above ground level in a central tower.  A Central division, added in 2007, is located on a gallery to the South side of the Nave.  Both of these latest additions are the work of David Wells, who is now responsible for the care & tuning of this gigantic instrument. 

Professor Ian Tracey was appointed organist here in 1980, at which time he was the youngest cathedral organist in the country.  After 27 years of continuous service, the Dean & Chapter created for him the post of Organist Titulaire to enable him to devote more time to playing, recording, lecturing, etc.  The Associate Organist is Dan Bishop.

A small number of BOA members (including your Webmaster) make an annual "pilgrimage" to Liverpool every Easter Monday to hear Ian's Bank Holiday recital: always a splendid occasion, and regularly played to a cathedral packed with people!


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