The care of our instrument is once more in the capable hands of David Wells Organ Builders of Liverpool. Following the sad death of our previous tuner, Keith Edwards of Tattenhall, Chester, it has been decided to ask David Wells to look after the organ. David has built his firm up over a number of years, having worked with both Henry Willis and Son, where he was trained, and later Harrison & Harrison of Durham. For many years, he has been responsible for the maintenance of the organ in Liverpool Cathedral, and he currently looks after a number of cathedrals and large concert halls.
In 2014, we were hit with two episodes of failure of the blowing plant, which had been installed by Watkins & Watson in 1927. Overall, the repairs, carried out by the original manufacturers, cost something in the region of £4000, which was an unexpected outlay! There are two linked blowers, situated in the chamber below the Choir Vestry; wind is conveyed through an enormous trunk, running through the vestries, into the organ above.
The twin Watkins & Watson blowers, deep in the bowels of the Earth!
In October of both 2013 and 2014, the St Petersburg Resurrection Choir, under the baton of Jurij Maruk, visited us in aid of our appeal. Their sound filled the building and was appreciated by a small but dedicated audience!
Visit their website at:
On 23 June 2013, Marshside Brass Band played a concert for us in aid of the Organ Appeal, conducted by Peter Leary:
The Appeal was launched with a recital by David Poulter, Director of Music at Liverpool Cathedral, on 3 November, 2012:
Our Sponsor-a-Pipe scheme allows you to put your name to one of nearly three-and-a-half thousand pipes inside the organ. Following sponsorship, you will receive a certificate detailing which pipes have been sponsored and, if applicable, any dedication attached to the sponsorship, such as that at the link below:
Sponsor a pipe cert template
We are currently attempting to raise the enormous sum of £150,000 to completely restore the instrument. Whilst it still sounds well, there are many issues inside with the ‘action’, that is, the mechanism which controls wind getting into the pipes. Most of these issues arise from leather parts cracking and splitting, allowing high-pressure wind to leak out, and causing moving parts to fail.
Click below for a Powerpoint used to highlight some of these issues at the launch of the Appeal: