Norwich Cathedral organ to be dismantled

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Published:
06:30 25 May 2022



In recent years, it has hosted a jumble and the cast of a diplodocus.

But the final structure at the heart of Norwich Cathedral is rather less likely to draw crowds.

Scaffolding has been erected around the cathedral’s historic organ, ahead of a £1.8million project that will see it removed and rebuilt.


Scaffolding covers the organ inside Norwich Cathedral as reconstruction work begins
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

Most of the organ’s 6,655 pipes need to be removed for months of major and essential work.

Specialists Harrison and Harrison will transport each pipe to Durham for work, before they are reinstalled between January and March next year.


Scaffolding covers the organ inside Norwich Cathedral as reconstruction work begins.  music master

Scaffolding covers the organ inside Norwich Cathedral as reconstruction work begins
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

The project is being funded by funds raised through the £2.5m They Shall Laugh and Sing Music appeal.

Two digital organs will replace the cathedral organ once dismantled.

Before the move begins, a free “Battle of the Organs” recital will take place on Friday at 2 p.m. June 3.


Norwich Cathedral organ

Cathedral music master Ashley Grote helped plan work on his organ
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

It will feature performances by the Cathedral’s three organists – David Dunnett, Ashley Grote and George Inscoe – on three organs (the main and the two digital) at once.

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