The Organ

The church has a fine pipe organ used today mainly for concerts and recitals.

The present organ

Built in 1959 by the firm of J W Walker & Son at a cost of £4,300, the organ was designed in consultation with Dr Francis Jackson and is thought to be the first to combine a mechanical key action with an electrically operated stop action.

Dr Jackson, then organist at York Minster, played the inaugural recital on 6 July 1959, two weeks after the dedication, and an anniversary concert in July 2009.

The organ case, designed by George Gaze Pace, is characteristic of several he designed at this period.

  Pedal Organ   Great Organ
1 Open Wood 16 8 Principal 8
2 Bourdon 16 9 Open Flute 8
3 Quint 1023 10 Dulciana 8
4 Violoncello 8 11 Octave 4
5 Flute 8 12 Stopped Flute 4
6 Octave Flute 4 13 Twelfth 223
7 Fifteenth 4 14 Fifteenth 2
      15 Tierce 135
      16 Mixture (19.22.26.29) IV
  Swell Organ   Couplers
17 Rohr Flute 8   Swell to Pedal
18 Viol da Gamba 8   Swell to Great
19 Principal 4   Great to Pedal
20 Octave 2
21 Larigot 113 Compass
22 Mixture (22.26.29) III   Pedal: C - f1 (30 notes)
23 Cummhorn 16   Manuals: C - g3(56 notes)
24 Cornopean 8      
  Tremulant        
Accessories
6 thumb pistons to Great   Toe piston for Gt-Ped
6 thumb pistons to Swell   6 toe pistons to Gt & Ped.
8 general thumb pistons   6 toe pistons to Swell
Thumb piston for Gt-Ped   8 channels of memory

In 1998 a grant from the Foundation for Sports and the Arts made it possible to clean and restore the organ. The numbers of thumb and toe pistons were increased and a selector giving eight channels of memory installed.

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Recitals

There are monthly recitals in the summer organised by York and District Organists' Association.