SJ8398 : Manchester Cathedral Stoller Organ

taken 9 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Manchester Cathedral Stoller Organ
Manchester Cathedral Stoller Organ
The old organ was badly damaged when a bomb exploded on the north east side of the Cathedral during the Manchester Blitz in 1940 and stop-gap measures were taken to repair the instrument, re-using old pipework. This repaired organ lasted for more than 75 years until a new organ was built following a fundraising appeal launched by the Bishop of Manchester in 2010.

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 in height. The building of the new organ was 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.
Manchester Cathedral
Manchester Cathedral sits towards the northern side of downtown Manchester, an area that has seen extensive regeneration and development in recent years. From the outside, the cathedral appears to be a relatively modern church, typical of the Victorian era. However, the main body of the cathedral largely derives from the 15th century and the present structure retains elements that are almost 600 years old and has even survived a bomb blast during World War II. Although the structure has seen its share of changes, these have taken place over hundreds of years, unlike the rapid redevelopment of the Millennium Quarter surrounding it.

Until becoming a cathedral in 1847, it was a Collegiate Church; its full title is “The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester”. Following the rapid expansion of Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, it was made a cathedral in 1847 and was extensively refaced, restored and extended in the Victorian period. All external stonework was replaced between 1850 and 1870 and the west tower was heightened in 1868. Consequently the cathedral gives the overall impression of a 19th-century structure. The cathedral also suffered a hit from a bomb in 1940, suffering the worst wartime damage of any UK cathedral apart from Coventry. Yet more restoration was needed after the IRA bomb of 1996 which exploded nearby.

The cathedral is a Grade I listed building (Historic England List entry Number: 1218041 LinkExternal link ).

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Wednesday, 28 February, 2018   (more nearby)
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