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organ 172

October 2016

4 manuals
83 speaking stops

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J W Walker & Sons,

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Our trio of Liverpool "Organs of the Month" ends with the mighty Walker instrument in the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King, which has over 4500 pipes including a devastating en chamade Orchestral Trumpet with polished bells.

Cathedral architect Sir Frederick Gibberd designed the striking front of the organ, influenced by new organs at Coventry Cathedral & the Royal Festival Hall, using both zinc and wooden pipes to contrast with the concrete pillars that surround it.

James Luxton
The organ uses electro-pneumatic action and the console is situated at floor level in the Nave.

Former Birmingham Conservatoire student, and still a current BOA member, James Luxton is Assistant Director of Music here.  He will be giving a recital on this instrument on 29th May 2017, part of the cathedral's 50th anniversary celebrations: well worth a visit!

You can listen to Richard Lea playing the cathedral organ (especially the Orchestral Trumpet !) as October 16's Music of the Month.

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