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The Leeds Parish Church Organ

The description of this Organ is taken from notes kindly supplied by Martin Monkman of Amphion Records and is reproduced by permission. The Organ can be heard in a number of recordings, most recently "Northern Lights" For further details of this CD please click here.

The organ built by Harrison & Harrison in 1913 to the design of Sir Edward Bairstow and Arthur Harrison incorporated much pipework from older instruments including important material by Hill and Schulze from 1859 and Abbott & Smith in 1883 and 1899. Post-war restoration by Harrison was supervised by Dr Melville Cook in 1949.

The Wood, Wordsworth work of 1965 (superintended by Donald Hunt) provided much-needed upperwork to Choir and Pedal divisions. The Altar Organ (housed in the North Chancel between 1913 and 1965) was removed and its pipework incorporated within the main case..

The scheme by A J Carter of Wakefield begun in 1996 in consultation with Dr Noel Rawsthorne involved the restoration of all the mechanisms within the instrument. The substantial Blowing Plant was rebuilt by Allfab Engineering of Methley. The organ now utilises solid-state transmission throughout, and the console has been completely re-furbished. With that exception, the result of all the endeavour cannot easily be seen since it has involved soundboards, re-leathering, new magnets and other crucial areas. A small number of tonal adjustments has been made - the Great reeds have been re-cast and a Vox Humana stop, the gift of Andrew Carter, provided. A new Solo reed, the Jubilee Trumpet, was installed in the Summer of 2002 with funds provided by the generous legacy bequeathed to the Friends of the Music of Leeds Parish Church by Dr Melville Cook, Organist here from 1937 to 1956.

Photographs © Jerry Bird, Studio Graphic

Recitals are held regularly each Friday lunchtime from 12.30 and on August Sunday evenings. The maintenance of this fine instrument is sustained by the Friends of the Music of Leeds Parish Church: new members are always most welcome!
Details from The Honorary Treasurer, Friends of the Music of Leeds Parish Church, 5 St Peter's House, Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ

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