Notre Dame de Rouen. The façade of the Gothic Church in France. Photographer: Hippo1947. Licence: SHUTTERSTOCK.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Caring For Durham Cathedral And Also Caring For Swifts.


Durham Cathedral.
Photo: 30 January 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Domstu
(Wikimedia Commons).

Durham Cathedral.

You can read all about “Caring for Durham Cathedral”, HERE

You can read all about “Caring for Swifts”, HERE


  1. As Zephyrinus knows, Durham Cathedral is considered one of the top cathedrals and public venues for exceptional music, especially for choir and organ music.

    The Durham Cathedral organ is the 4th largest [cathedral] organ in the UK, and was first installed by Bernard Smith in 1686. In 1870, the famous Henry Willis (“Father Willis”) rebuilt and installed the legendary present organ (which remains for the most part); it has been rebuilt several times, including currently undergoing a major development by the premier UK firm of Harrison & Harrison.

    The present organ has 98 speaking stops arrayed on the left and right front sides of the choir, and then in different parts of the cathedral including the north trigirium where the Solo organ and “arresting” Solo reeds are situated. The Durham reeds and diapason choruses are unique sounds that now have become synonymous with the term “The English Cathedral organ sound,” and are often programmed into the remarkable new computerized/synthesized sounds in what is called the “Hauptwerk Organ,” an electronic development which seriously gives pipe organs “ a run for their money,” at least in small rooms.

    Anyway, there are multiple examples on YouTube of the extraordinary Durham “English cathedral organ sound”. -Comment by Dante P

  2. Most grateful, Dante P, for this excellent contribution to Durham's attributes. Zephyrinus is now an “English Cathedral Organ Sound“ addict !!!


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