Grahamstown

Organ

The Grahamstown Cathedral Organ

The Cathedral possesses the only pipe organ suitable for concert performances in Grahamstown and has also been used by Rhodes University for training its organ scholars. It was built by Bevington of London in 1860 and installed in a gallery at the west end of the nave. In 1893, it was moved to its present position above the chancel, and in 1905 “restored and enlarged.” Its last thorough overhaul, which probably included replacing “volunteers” with electricity to pump the bellows, located in the crypt, took place in the 1930s. In addition to its regular use in services, including weddings and funerals, and in great diocesan events, the organ has featured in many festivals, choral events and concerts involving the schools and the wider community of Grahamstown. It is much more than an adjunct to worship – it is a precious cultural resource made available to the University, the City and, during the National Arts Festival, visitors from all over the world.

organ at the Grahamstown Cathedral

Specification of the Grahamstown Cathedral Organ

Great Organ

  • Double Diapason 16
  • Open Diapason I 8
  • Open Diapason II 8
  • Claribel 8
  • Dulciana 8
  • Principal 8
  • Wald Flute 8
  • Fifteenth 2
  • Twelfth 2 2/3
  • Mixture III
  • Trumpet 8
  • Sw/Gt
  • Sw 8ve/Gt
  • Sw sub 8ve/Gt
  • Ch/Great
  • Great & Pedal Pistons

Swell Organ

  • Geigen Diapason 8
  • Lieblich Gedacht 8
  • Echo Gamba 8
  • Voix Celeste 8
  • Octave Geigen 4
  • Mixture III
  • Fifteenth 2
  • Contra Fagotto 16
  • Cornopean 8
  • Clarion 4
  • Oboe 8
  • Sw 8ve
  • Sw sub 8ve
  • Tremulant

Choir Organ

  • Hohl Flute 8
  • Dulcet 4
  • Harmonic Flute 2
  • Viol d’orchestre 8
  • Clarinet 8
  • Ch 8ve
  • Ch sub 8ve
  • Sw/Choir
  • Tremulant

Pedal Organ

  • Open Diapason 16
  • Bourdon 16
  • Bass Flute 8
  • Octave 8
  • Quint 10 2/3
  • Bombarde 16
  • Contra Fagotto (Sw) 16
  • Trumpet (Sw) 8
  • Clarion (Sw) 4
  • Principal (Gr) 8
  • Fifteenth (Gt) 4
  • Gt/Pedal
  • Sw/Pedal
  • Ch/Pedal

Accessories

  • Five Pistons to the Great Organ
  • Four Pistons to the Swell Organ
  • Three Pistons to the Choir Organ
  • Five Pistons to the Pedal Organ
  • Balanced expression pedals to the Swell and Choir Organs