Holy Name Organ

The Catholic church of the Holy Name in Manchester, serving the university and Royal Northern College of Music communities, is home to a wholeheartedly Romantic, reed-heavy and upperwork-light William Hill instrument of 1871.

The organ is located at the west end of the nave. It has 48 speaking stops over three-manuals and pedals. It was completely rebuilt in 1926 by Messrs Wadsworth Ltd and restored in 2004. It is maintained by David Wells of Liverpool. The lead pipes on the case are ornately diapered and were restored to their original colour scheme of lighter shades of red and green with gold motifs. Above the organ and choir loft are two guilded angels.

Its rather gloomily impressive tone complements the church’s architecture; it was restored by David Wells in 2004.

Simon recorded his debut CD on the newly renovated William Hill organ and subsequently established an International Organ Recital series at the Holy Name Church.

The series has been running since 2014. Details of the 2017 series can be found below.

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