‘In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendour to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man’s mind to God and to higher things.’ Sacrosanctum Concilium 120

Rare amongst Cathedrals, St John’s has never had an Organ built specifically for the building. The current Pipe Organ, which is in a bad state of repair is by James Scott, a local Organ Builder, and moved to the Cathedral at the end of the 19th Century to provide Musical accompaniment to Masses in the Nave, before the building of the East End and Transepts.

After this organ failed in the 1980s, a Bradford Computing Organ was installed. After many years of use, however, the decision was made to upgrade the Bradford Computing Organ the work to rebuild the Organ was undertaken by Phoenix Organs. This organ has been redesigned to better support the development of music in the Cathedral, and to support the whole congregation adequately (something which was lacking with the Bradford organ).The Specification can be downloaded here.

We would hope to raise money for the installation of an Organ best suited for the needs of the Cathedral over the next few years.