Leiden Cathedral, Holland.|
Henry Willis & Sons is proud to announce having been chosen as the builder for the new organ project
at Leiden Cathedral in Holland (Hooglandse Kerk). The Cathedral is already home to an exceptional
Van Hagerbeer organ, however the Cathedral also wanted a large English Romantic organ to accompany the Cathedral
Choir and to contribute to the promotion of Leiden as the "City of organs".
In 1991 St. Mark's Church, Claughton, Birkenhead closed and the 1892 Father Willis organ was transferred to Holland
as a house organ. This organ is now destined to be the basis of the new organ for Leiden Cathedral. This instrument
is a fine example from the period during which Father Willis brought back much of the timbre of his earlier organs,
which had been suppressed through the 1880s due to the fashions of the day. The reeds in particular are, tonally,
extremely well-developed and exhibit the 'clang' for which this comany's reeds became well known.
St. Mark's Church
The Father Willis
in its original home
The Father Willis organ is to be restored retaining all of the original pipework, soundboards and actions (Great & Swell actions
being 'Willis Lever'). It is planned to add six registers to this instrument along standard Willis lines of the day.
The original files detailing the history of this organ shew that the specification was somewhat restricted in 1892 by financial
constraints at the time which explains the absence of a Voix Céleste and the prepared for Pedal Ophicleide.
Once restored, the Father Willis will occupy a position on the North side of the Cathedral Nave. In due course
three new divisions are envisaged: Choir/Positive; Solo and Pedal Organs. A new Four Manual Console will be constructed to play the
new divisions and the Father Willis together. The Father Willis actions will be made playable electrically from the new console as well
as being playable independently from their original console.
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Proposed Specification for the Father Willis organ
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The 1892 Father Willis Organ during its incarnation as a House Organ
Proposed Specification for the envisaged (enlarged) Organs
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