The Organ

The organ in Brentwood Cathedral was originally built by Hunter in 1881, for the church of St. Mary-at-the-Walls, Colchester. When St. Mary’s became an Arts Centre in 1977, the organ was given to the Cathedral and was completely rebuilt and restored by Percy Daniel & Co. Ltd. of Clevedon. It is now sited at the west end of the original Gothic nave of Brentwood’s Victoria Catholic Church, and a new case designed by the architect of the new Cathedral, Quinlan Terry.

The organ builders provided a three-manual scheme with a brand new unenclosed positive division. Two sets of independently controlled swell shutters facing east and north respectively provide a strong and versatile Swell division as a contrast to the Great. The action is electro-pneumatic and a full complement of registration aids are adjustable by means of a new solid state capture system.

The organ is a fine example of the English Romantic tradition, whilst being sufficiently versatile to allow the performance of organ music of all periods.

The organ has recently been thoroughly cleaned and refurbished through the generosity of the Brentwood Diocesan Cathedral and Choral Trust Fund. A new solo Fanfare Trumpet stop has been added together with tonal revisions to the positive completed by Percy Daniel & Co Ltd and Dr David Frostick.

Stop List:

GREAT
1. Double Open Diapason (16)
2. Open Diapason No. 1 (8)
3. Open Diapason No. 2 (8)
4. Clarabella (8)
5. Dulciana (8)
6. Principal (4)
7. Harmonic Flute  (4)
8. Fifteenth (2)
9. Mixture 19.22.26 (3 rks)
10. Trumpet (8)
11. Clarion (4)
12. Corno di Bassetto (8)

SWELL
1. Lieblich Bourdon (16)
2. Geigen Principal (8)
3. Lieblich Gedackt (8)
4. Gamba (8)
5. Voix Celeste T.C. (8)
6. Flute (4)
7. Geigen Principal (4)
8. Fifteenth (2)
9. Mixture 19.22 (2 rks)
10. Contra Fagotto (16)
11. Cornopean (8)
12. Oboe (8)
13. Clarion (4)
Tremulant
Swell Suboctave / Swell Octave / Swell Unison Off

POSITIVE
1. Gedeckt (8)
2. Principal (4)
3. Nazard (2 2/3)
4. Block Flute (2)
5. Tierce (1 3/5)
6. Sifflet (1)
7. Sharp Mixture (22)26.29 (3 rks)
8. Corno di Bassetto (8)
9. Trumpet (8)

10. Fanfare trumpet
Tremulant / Positive Suboctave

PEDAL
1. Double open Diapason (32); Couplers: Swell to Great
2. Open Diapason (16); Couplers: Swell to Positive
3. Violone (16); Couplers: Positive to Great
4. Bourdon (16); Couplers: Positive to Pedal
5. Principal (8); Couplers: Swell to Pedal
6. Bass Flute (8); Couplers: Great to Pedal
7. Octave Flute (4); Couplers: Great and Pedal
8. Contra Posaune (2); Couplers: combinations coupled
9. Posaune (16)
10. Contra Fagotto (16); Couplers: Manual/Pedal pistons
11. Trumpet (8); Couplers: Generals
12. Fanfare Trumpet (8); Couplers: General cancel piston
13. Clarion (4)