Cathedral Organ ‘tuned’ up for Christmas

Cathedral Organ ‘tuned’ up for Christmas

October 2014

The refurbished Exeter Cathedral organ is being ‘tuned’ up for Christmas from this week after its £1 million restoration.

The Cathedral organ was taken up to Durham last year for a major overhaul by renowned organ builders Harrison & Harrison, which included the cleaning and checking of its 5,000 pipes.

The internal workings of the organ have now been built back into the iconic 350 year old John Loosemore case but each pipe has to be adjusted to produce the best sound – a process known as ‘voicing’.

Andrew Millington, director of music at the Cathedral said: “Visitors to the Cathedral will hear some interesting noises coming from the organ for the next month or two! It will take several weeks to finish, but the organ should be tuned and ready for our Christmas services.”

More than 22,000 people go to the Cathedral’s Christmas services and concerts each year.

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