THE CATHEDRAL ORGAN
In 2007 the decision was taken by the Cathedral toreplace the previous organ with a completely new instrument after a lightning strike had rendered the organ unusable. The Dean and Chapter launched a £1.5 million Appeal for a new Organ to be built by Nicholson & Co. of Malvern. Their proposal was for the largest, wholly-new British organ to be commissioned in a UK cathedral for nearly half a century.
Work began in the factory in 2008 and the first instalment of the new organ was completed and inaugurated at the Paschal Vigil on Holy Saturday, 2010.
Due to the financial downturn, part of the project had to be put on hold. It will now be completed during the summer of 2013.
For more details about the history of music and organs in Llandaff Cathedral, the new organ and how you can help, please read on or use the following links:
Llandaff Cathedral stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain with the present building dating back to 1107. Throughout the 20th century and to the present day Llandaff Cathedral has enjoyed a very high choral tradition.
Music is an essential part of the worship at the Cathedral. Llandaff is the only Anglican Cathedral in Wales with a dedicated Choir School and a professional choir that consists purely of boys and men. The Cathedral Choir sings at six services each week during term time as well as at the Christmas and Easter services. The organ accompanies the choir and therefore needs to have the tonal variety and subtlety for this purpose. It is also essential that it can lead large congregations in the singing of hymns, as well as being flexible enough to allow the playing of a worldwide organ repertoire.
Unfortunately, due to financial circumstances in 2010, 11 speaking stops from the Solo organ and 4 speaking stops from the Pedal organ were not installed.
We are advised that we need £185,000 to install the solo organ and the missing pedal stops. In April 2011, an appeal was launched to raise this sum and a bank account - "Llandaff Cathedral Solo Organ" – was opened specifically to receive donations for this final phase. The money raised to date may be seen in the ‘Progress Report’.
At the end of November 2012, The Most Reverend, Dr. Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales, wrote to Nicholson of Malvern authorising them to proceed immediately with the manufacture of the Solo organ and missing pedal stops. Installation is scheduled to commence in early July 2013, with completion towards the end of September.
Llandaff Cathedral will finally have an organ that will reinforce its place on the international map of musical excellence, just as many other Welsh musical organisations have already done so. It is an iconic investment for the future, which has already created interest around the world and praise of the highest level from a number of eminent organists. Paul Hale concluded his article in Organists’ Review with the following paragraph:
“Heralded as the largest new British cathedral organ since Coventry I can say with conviction that the Llandaff Nicholson is also the best new cathedral organ since Coventry, which it matches for versatility, colour, glory in choruses, beauty in flutes, refinement in reeds and strings, and highest build quality. It simply must gain its Solo and its completed Pedal organ to take its rightful place at the pinnacle to British cathedral organ-building. Please help Llandaff find the funds; they and this masterpiece deserve it.”
Each pipe within an organ is scaled and voiced to imitate instruments of an orchestra or to generate sounds that are truly indigenous to the organ.
Atpresent, the Llandaff organ is missing 11 speaking stops from the Solo organ – a division of the organ that will contain the essential orchestral sounds. These will be housed within a box with louvered shutters, which means the organist can control the expression of the various tonal colours, such as a clarinet, cor anglais and flutes from the woodwind family, a family of strings and a trumpet from the brass family.
Also missing are 4 speaking stops from the Pedal organ, the division of the organ played by the organist’s feet. The Violone, which has a double bass like quality, can already be seen as these pipes are the facade pipes for the South Chancel case but are at present not connected and so not speaking. Also to join the Pedal organ are three members of the brass family, a trumpet and a Bombarde rank of pipes at 16 and 8 foot pitches. Once installed these four stops will help carry the sound of the Pedal division down the length of the Nave.
Stops highlighted inred type will be installed in the Summer of 2013
Manuals CC to C (61 notes) - Pedals CCC to G (32
As part of the Organ Completion Appeal it is possible to sponsor specific parts of the organ as follows:
The ideal gift!
Why not sponsor a pipe or pipes for family, friends, in thanksgiving for a special event, in memory of a loved one, or as a gift for yourself!
All pipe sponsors will receive the following;
To download a ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ application form please click here.
Fund-raisung efforts are being co-ordinated by an Appeal Committee made up of the following:-
There are many ways in which you could help us raise the essential funds needed to complete the organ. Whether it's an one-off donation, monthly payments by Direct Debit, sponsoring a pipe or even by shopping online, it's easy to do!
With Easy Fundraising the Organ Appeal will receive 15% commission of anything you spend online.
Simply visit: www.easyfunding.org.uk/causes/llandaffcathedral
Donations or funds should be marked "Llandaff Cathedral Solo Organ" and given through the Cathedral Office, any member of the clergy or members of the Organ Appeal Committee.
Having set up a separate bank account for the completion of the organ in April 2011 titled "Llandaff Cathedral Solo Organ" the Completion Appeal has raised just over £140,500 to date.
The Appeal wishes to express their thanks to everyone who has either sponsored organ pipes or made donations.
The work to raise funds continues so if you have been delaying making your contribution please act now!
The ideal way of giving is to commit to a regular amount each month for the next year (gift aided if you are able to do so). If this is not suitable please have a look at our Sponsor a Pipe scheme, which has raised over £30,000 to date.
Alternatively, if you’d like to make a one-off donation please click here.
To discuss ways in which you could help please contact:
the Solo Organ Appeal Secretary on: (029) 2055 5431 or e-mail: email@example.com, or
the Solo Organ Appeal Treasurer on: (029) 2075 1943 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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