The Klais Organ

The original organ was manufactured by one of the most eminent English organ builders, Norman and Beard, and was built specifically for the Cathedral in 1904. Following a period of silence of around 30 years, Johannes Klais Orgelbau were chosen to reconstruct and enlarge the instrument to serve the requirements of the restored cathedral and new position of the choir. The organ was built in the workshops of Klais in Bonn, and transported to the Cathedral in July 2009 to complete the work in situ over a six month period. The project was under the supervision of Benjamin Saunders and David Sanger.

The tonal style is English Edwardian, and so all the historic 1904 pipework has been carefully restored on its original chests, with new pipework matching the original materials and construction methods. The number of different materials used was intentionally limited as far as possible, such that the metal surrounds of the Swell pedals are of the same material as the toe pistons and the Swell pedals of the same material as the stop jambs. The keys are of bone and ebony and the inlay of the console oak is ebony and Swiss pear.

Acolour magazine feature on the organ was printed in Organists’ Review.

Specification

The organ now has seven divisions, controlled from a four manual console with 78 stops, and features a unique new system of allocating manual departments to keyboards.

Choral Pedal

Sub Bass 16 2010


Choral Great

Open Diapason 8 2010

Bourdon 8 2010

Dulciana 8 1904

Principal 4 2010

Flute 4 2010

Gemshorn 2 2010

Cornettino III 2010


Choral Swell

Rohr Flote 8 1904

Salicional 8 1904

Vox Angelica 8 2010

Principal 4 2010

Flauto Traverso 4 1904

Mixture III 2010

Cornopean 8 2010

Oboe 8 2010

Tremulant


Nave Pedal

Harmonic Bass 32 1904

Open Diapason 16 1904

Violone 16 1904

Bourdon 16 1904

Quint Bass 10 2/3 2010

Octave 8 1904

Bass Flute 8 1904

Trombone 16 1904

Nave Great

Double Diapason 16 1904

Open Diapason I 8 1904

Open Diapason II 8 1904

Hohl Flute 8 1904

Principal 4 1904

Harmonic Flute 4 1904

Fifteenth 2 1904

Mixture III 1904

Trumpet 8 1904


Nave Swell

Bourdon 16 1904

Geigen Principal 8 1904

Lieblich Gedeckt 8 1904

Echo Gamba 8 1904

Voix Celeste 8 1904

Gemshorn 4 1904

Lieblich Flote 4 1904

Mixture III 1904

Double Trumpet 16 1904

Horn 8 1904

Oboe 8 1904

Vox Humana 8 1904

Tremulant


Nave Solo

Tuba 8 1963

Octave Tuba 4 1963

Solo Flute 8 2010

Clarinet 8 1904