Carlisle Cathedral Organ

The present organ was originally the work of Henry Willis in 1856, only his second cathedral project but incorporating many new innovations. It was possibly only the third organ in the world to have thumb pistons! Minor additions were made in 1875, including the 32' pedal pipes on the west side. The fourth manual was added in 1907 by Harrison & Harrison. In 1930 the Choir division was moved from within the main case to the south aisle, where the Positive of the present organ is still situated. A major redesign was completed in 1962 by J W Walker & Sons, when much of the pipework was remodelled along classical lines.

In 1997, David Wells carried out major refurbishment. The tone was modified to regain some of the Willis and Harrison characteristics, and several new stops were added, together with a modern combination system. The new stops are marked by a * in the specification below.

Carlisle Cathedral Organ

Specification

Pedal Great
Double Open Diapason
Open Wood
Open Diapason
Violone
Subbass
Octave
Principal
Flute
Octave Quint
Choral Bass
Octave Flute
Nachthorn
Mixture 19,22,26,29
Ophicleide
Trombone
Posaune
Bassoon
Octave Bassoon
Positive to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Solo to Pedal
32
16
16
16
16
8
8
8
5 1/3
4
4
2
IV
16
16
8
8
4
Double Open Diapason
Open Diapason
Geigen*
Gemshorn
Stopped Diapason
Principal
Wald Flute
Twelfth
Fifteenth
Fourniture 19,22,26,29
Double Trumpet
Trumpet
Clarion
Positive to Great
Swell to Great
Solo to Great
16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2 2/23
2
IV
16
8
4
Swell Positive
Lieblich Bourdon
Open Diapason
Lieblich Gedackt
Echo Gamba
Vox Angelica
Octave
Suabe Flute
Fifteenth
Sesquialtera 12,17
Mixture 19,22,26
Fagotto
Cornopean
Hautboy*
Clarion
Tremulant
Octave
Suboctave
Unison Off
Solo to Swell
16
8
8
8
8
4
4
2
II
III
16
8
8
4
Chimney Flute
Dulciana*
Principal
Flauto Traverso
Nazard
Fifteenth*
Blockflute
Tierce
Sharp Mixture 22,26,29
Trompette
Tremulant
Double Trumpet
Trumpet
Clarion
Swell to Positive
Solo to Positive
8
8
4
4
2 2/3
2
2
1 3/5
III
8

16
8
4
Solo
Claribel Flute*
Quintaton
Viole d'Orchestre
Violes Celestes
Gemshorn
Concert Flute
Quint
Piccolo
Tierce*
Cor Anglais
Clarinet
Vox Humana
Tremulant
Tuba
Octave
Suboctave
Unison Off
8
8
8
8
4
4
2 2/3
2

1 3/5
16
8
8

8

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