All Saints has a very fine organ, set off by the excellent acoustics in the church. It was recently awarded Starred Grade II Historic Organ Status, in recognition of the significance of this instrument. It was made by Harrison and Harrison, premier organ builders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who made many cathedral organs.
Organs are incredibly complex instruments, and the All Saints organ has 2,640 pipes, played from three keyboards, a pedal board and a unique selection of 41 stops. Enormous craftsmanship went into its construction, and it still retains all its original sounds, which is highly unusual for organs from this period.
In common with many organs of this era it now needs extensive restoration, without which it will gradually fall into disrepair. This is a costly project, but would preserve a rare instrument and an important piece of our local heritage for future generations. We are currently considering how best to raise the money. There are exciting opportunities to enliven the music at the church, and open the church and organ to the wider community in new ways. Watch this space