Organs in Exeter Cathedral

The Cathedral Organs

The main organ at Exeter Cathedral is a particularly fine example of English organ-building. In 1665 local organ builder John Loosemore created what has become one of the most distinctive and striking organ cases ever built; successive generations of organ builders have provided instruments of pedigree which have brought joy to all who have worshipped and attended performances.

In over three hundred years the organ has been expanded and updated to meet the ever changing musical demands of a living Cathedral, from the expansion and raising of Loosemore’s case and the moving of the impressive 32’ pipes to the South Transept, to the creation of an entirely new section of the organ in the Minstrels’ Gallery.

In January 2013 the organ was dismantled for major reconstruction of the internal layout; the Willis soundboards of 1891 are being replaced, while the existing tonal scheme will be retained. It is going to be entirely reconstructed, with a new layout within the famous Loosemore case. The intention is to achieve a better distribution of sound, together with improved access for tuning and maintenance.

Its restoration is now well underway and this vital work has only been possible because of generous benefactors as well as those donors who have 'adopted a pipe'. Special thanks and appreciation go to Viridor Credits Environmental Company for their continuous support.

In 2014 our organ will again take up its important place at the heart of Cathedral life and we are eager to celebrate its return!

A 6 rank chamber organ by Samuel Parsons (built c. 1840) is used to lead services in the Lady Chapel, whilst in 2008 the Cathedral took delivery of a new chamber organ by Kenneth Tickell. 

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The Dean and Chapter are custodians of an historic instrument which is part of the living world of a Cathedral in the 21st century. As custodians we are charged with the task of upkeeping the organ but, in the tradition of those who have gone before, also ensuring that it is ‘fit for purpose’ in the future. The organ deserves its dramatic place at the heart of the Cathedral building; your generosity can ensure it remains at the heart of music making in the South West for generations to come. Please support our development appeal and if you would like to talk to us about how you can help do get in touch.

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