BBC R3 choral evensong to feature Wetheringsett organ

The Wetheringsett organ, one of two early English instruments on loan to Durham Cathedral from the Royal College of Organists, will feature in this Sunday’s choral evensong broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (Sunday 4th May at 4pm).

The Wetheringsett organ was built by the organ-builders Goetze & Gwynn in 2002. It is a speculative reconstruction of an English organ of around 1530, based on a soundboard of the period discovered by chance some years ago. A soundboard is the board on which the pipes of an organ stand. The organ comprises seven stops, including a rank of 19 'basses' and a reed stop.

The Wetheringsett organ and its companion, the Wingfield organ, also based on physical remains from the early sixteenth century, are currently in residence at Durham Cathedral and are in use in services, concerts and workshops.

Both instruments were commissioned by the Early English Organ Project and are now on loan to the Cathedral from the Royal College of Organists.

In September both instruments will move to their next residency, at St Paul's Cathedral, London.