Coventry Cathedral organ given Grade 1 status

By Steve Carpenter Tuesday 29 October 2013 Updated: 31/10 08:11

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THE ORGAN at the Cathedral is hitting all the right notes after being listed as an instrument of 'importance to the national heritage'.

The organ has been helping to lift the voices of the people of Coventry for over 50 years.

It has been awarded the Cathedral Grade 1 status by the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) in recognition of it being an outstanding organ having been made by Harrison and Harrison, one of the finest organ builders in the world.

The Institute have now included the instrument on their Historic Register of Pipe Organs.

“Surely amongst organists this must be one of the top three organs in Britain today,” said Kerry Beaumont, director of music at the Cathedral.

“It was designed for this iconic building and its character is superb – it’s beautifully clear.

“It really is the 'Ferrari' of organs, and we’re delighted that the Institute has recognised its importance to the nation.”

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