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St John’s Cathedral buys new chamber organ

St John’s Cathedral in Norwich has bought a new chamber organ to enhance its music-making capabilities, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Cathedral.

The instrument, purchased from a private collection, was built by Vincent Woodstock in 1989. There are three registers (Wood Gedact 8′, Rohr Flute 4′ and Principal 2′), and an integral music desk. The oak casework has hinged panels for ease of access for tuning.

The front decorative pipe screen was designed by Frank Bradbeer (formerly of Grand Degens & Bradbeer Organ Builders), and serves to protect the smaller pipes, and is also hinged for ease of access. The pine keys have boxwood capped naturals and ebony sharps.

Cathedral Master of Music, Daniel Justin, said: “We are very grateful to the Friends of the Cathedral for their generous support of our music-making in this fine building. This instrument will allow us to accompany certain types of repertoire with a more intimate sound, allow the choir to sing in various locations in the Cathedral, and enable smaller groups to be directed easily from the keyboard. As the music foundation continues to expand, this instrument will be in high demand!”

To find out more about the Friends of the Cathedral, or to become a member, please visit the ‘Friends’ section of the website by clicking above, or by clicking this link.