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Not Just a Pipe Dream: Newcastle Cathedral’s Organ Appeal

Last updated: June 2024

The magnificent organ case in the North Transept catches the eye of all who visit Newcastle Cathedral and is a striking reminder of how essential music is to the daily rhythm of this sacred space.

There are few days when the organ is not heard; accompanying Choral Evensong almost daily, delivering weekly organ recitals and regular concert performances, marking great festivals and playing an important role in our community’s celebrations and commemorations.

It is central to our wider music programme, with over 100 children participating in our training choirs, the School Singing Programme, and other initiatives as we strive to enhance the lives of young people through singing opportunities and musical education. Click here for our weekly organ recital programme and the history of our organ.

With the last major project completed 43 years ago and some sections untouched for 70 years, the Cathedral Organ is showing its age and becoming increasingly unreliable.

Like those before us, we’re working to ensure Newcastle Cathedral continues to have a beautiful instrument of national renown at its heart. Our vision is a rebuilt instrument that is grounded in its Lewis roots but meticulously designed and expertly voiced to meet the needs of today’s Cathedral and its community.

We will take a phased approach to delivering this significant project, ensuring we have a reliable instrument that can be used throughout. The first phase will rebuild the Quire Organ, including a small blower so that it can be used independently. A new console will be built to serve the entirety of the instrument. The second phase will fully overhaul the main sections of the organ in the transept case.

We need to raise c£500k to deliver the first phase of work. Thanks to a legacy and generous support from Pilling Trust, we are already over halfway to our goal. You can help us ensure that our vision is not just a pipe dream – your support will allow us to give the organ the care and attention it needs.

Donate Now

Donations, large and small, help us reach our target. Alternatively, spread your support through regular giving.

Grand Organ Experience

Stretch your musical muscles and enjoy up to 45 minutes playing the Cathedral Organ and Tudor reproduction Wetheringsett Organ before enjoying a piece of music by the Cathedral Organist. £500 for a unique 1.5-hour experience For more information and to book, contact ashley.bell@newcastlecathedral.org.uk.

Sponsor a Pipe

As part of the first phase of work, we are offering the opportunity to sponsor a pipe on our Quire organ. Choose from the Great, Swell, or Pedal and receive an adoption certificate for your chosen pipe. Contact ashley.bell@newcastlecathedral.org.uk to arrange today.

GreatOpen (8ft)£100SwellOpen Diaspon (8ft)£100
Gamba (8ft)£100Flute (8ft)£100
Flute (8ft)£100Salicional (8ft)£100
Principle (4ft)£80Unda Maris (8ft)£100
Flute (4ft)£80Principle (4ft)£80
Twelfth (2 2/3 ft)£65Fifteenth (2ft)£50
Fifteenth (2ft)£50Mixtures (Two rank mixture)£30
Mixture II (Two rank mixture)£30Double Trumpet (16ft)£200
Corno di Bassetto (8ft)£150Cornopean (8ft)£250
PedalBourdon £200Oboe (8ft)£150

About our organ

The Cathedral organ accompanies choral services and large-scale special services. This magnificent instrument takes centre stage in our lunchtime Organ Recital Series, held every Monday at 1:05pm.

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