Durham Cathedral builds new organ… in Lego

Organ builders Harrison and Harrison help to create miniature instrument

Harrison and Harrison Lego organ, Durham Cathedral

Last month, Harrison and Harrison organ builders began work on its first ever instrument made out of Lego.

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The Lego organ is being built to go inside the 350,000 brick model of Durham Cathedral, which is being constructed to raise money for the cathedral’s Open Treasure project. The organ is a Lego replica of the instrument built by Henry Wallis in 1976 and restored by Harrisons in 1905 and again in 1978.

Christopher Batchelor from Harrison and Harrison says: ‘We are very pleased to be involved in this important and prestigious project, and are delighted to be able to support the cathedral as it moves forwards with its Open Treasure project. Our rebuilding of the Willis Organ was a milestone in the history of the firm, and we are proud to have looked after this highly-regarded instrument for over a century.’

Harrison and Harrison was established in 1861 and fine examples of the company’s organs can be found at King’s College, Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, Durham Cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol.

Head of development at Durham Cathedral, Gaye Kirby, says: ‘It is wonderful that Harrison’s have chosen to recreate their magnificent organ in miniature in our Lego Cathedral and we are very grateful to them for their generous donation and support of the Open Treasure appeal.’

Visit: www.durhamcathedral.co.uk to find out more about Durham Cathedral’s Lego catherdral and Open Treasure fundraising project

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