‘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, the Organ originally designed for St John’s never made it to Norwich, but instead was installed in the chapel of St Peter-in-Chains in the Tower of London. After the Tower of London organ was replaced, the pipes were stored in the Royal Mausoleum at Hampton Court Palace. In 2000, Dr John Rowntree (organ advisor to St John’s) arranged the return of these to the Norwich, and Queen Elizabeth II donated the pipes to the Cathedral, and they have remained in storage here ever since.

There have been many pipe organ schemes over the years, but none of these have come to fruition. We intend to launch a major fundraising campaign in the near future, ensuring that we can finally install a pipe organ, and make use of the William Hill pipework.

More immediately, however, the decision was made to upgrade the Bradford Computing Organ (installed in the late 1980s), and this work 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).