The historic organ in St Peter’s Cathedral was built in 1929, and has been in use since that time, and remains largely unchanged. Comprising 4 manuals and 52 ranks, it was built by William Hill & Son and Norman & Beard Ltd. Its rich romantic sounds are enhanced by the Cathedral’s exceptional acoustic.

Leonie Hempton, Director of Music said “We provide a particular music heritage that encompasses everything that can be done in other places. So, if they learn here, they first of all learn to play on a very wonderful organ. And they also get to play the traditional music of the Anglican Church.”

David Heah, an Organ Scholar said “I think, knowing that you are performing music that can touch the congregation in a very particular way in these incredible surroundings certainly adds something to the performance of the music. You can add something to the worship of God in this place. So it’s certainly rewarding as an organ scholar to be able to contribute to that.”

LINK to the specifications of the organ


The complete restoration of the Cathedral Organ is seen as Phase one of the Cathedral 150 programme. It is an ambitious and forward-looking programme of restoration of organ. Join us as the Cathedral and Diocese look ahead to the next one hundred and fifty years of mission and ministry.

Read more about this appeal and how you can help, including ‘Owning’ a pipe here.