Big milestone for little giant of cathedral
A "little giant" is preparing to celebrate a big milestone in style.
The Father Willis organ at Truro Cathedral will mark its 125th birthday a week today with a collection of music to illustrate its history.
"It is not easy, even today, to think how the magnificence of the Willis organ in Truro Cathedral could be improved," said W L Sumner in his 1952 book The Organ.
The 1887 instrument, with its 27,000 pipes, was delivered from London to the Duchy by boat. It was originally powered by water hydraulics from the nearby mill pond.
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Colin Reid, of Truro Cathedral said: "At Truro we see the quintessence of Willis' art as a voicer. We are most fortunate that the instrument has survived tonally intact – in fact this is unique in any cathedral. The fine position of the instrument in its own fan-vaulted chamber certainly adds to its impact."
Sir John Dykes Bower, organist at Truro from 1926-29, called it "the Little Giant".