Brecon Cathedral

Having a commitment to Cathedral music, Brecon Cathedral has a strong team led by Mark Duthie as Director of Music and Organist, and Meirion Wynn Jones as Assistant Organist. In 2003 the Brecon Cathedral Choir Endowment Appeal was launched, with the aim of raising the sum of one million pounds in order to secure the future of music at the Cathedral.

The organ was built in 1886 by William Hill & Son, and was rebuilt by the same firm in 1931, when it was moved to the current organ chamber. The console was moved in 1962 and the positive organ was placed in the space where the console used to be during a rebuild in 1973 by Percy Daniel & Co Ltd. The organ was rebuilt in 1995, again by Percy Daniel & Co, completing the 1973 scheme of work, and included the addition of the impressive Fanfare Trumpet.

Remedial Work

GO Organ Builders Ltd have completed installation of two ranks of Hill pipework at Brecon Cathedral.  An 8' Tromba & Large Open Diapason replaces the lesser quality 8' Trumpet & 4' Clarion. These were heard to great effect during morning Eucharist, at the hands of Director of Music, Mr Mark Duthie. Along with this work, the ailing electro-pneumatic Swell engine has been replaced with an all electric control by A.J.&L.Taylor Ltd.


The transformation in the tonal resources of our fine Hill organ in the months since Gary Owens and his team took over its maintenance, has been startling and very real. Discovering the instrument's true potential is proving both a delight and joy. Organ builders are easy enough to find, but craftsmen of this calibre are not.

Meirion Wynn Jones - Assistant Organist

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Organ Information

Great Swell Positive Pedal
16' Bourdon 8' Open Diapason 8' Stopped Diapason 32' Sub Bourdon
8' Open Diapason 8' Rohr Flute 4' Gemshorn 32' Open Wood
8' Lieblich Gedacht 8' Salicional 4' Flute 16' Open Wood
4' Principal 8' Voix Celeste 2 2/3 Nazard 16' Open Diapason
4' Lieblich Flote 4' Principal 2' Fifteenth 16' Bourdon
2 2/3' Twelth 4' Flute 1 1/3 Larigot 8' Principal
2' Fifteenth 2' Fifteenth Cymbel (29.33.36) 8' Bass Flute
1 3/5' Tierce Mixture (15.19.22) Tremulant 4' Fifteenth
Mixture (19.22) 16' Contra Oboe 4' Octave Flute
Sharp Mixture (26.29) 8' Trumpet Solo Mixture (19.22)
16' Double Trumpet 8' Oboe 8' Clarinet 32' Contra Fagotto
8' Trumpet 4' Clarion 8' Fanfare Trumpet 16' Trombone
4' Clarion Tremulant 8' Dean's Clarion 8' Trumpet
4' Clarion
6 thumb pistons each to
Great and Swell
Reversible toe pistons for Sw-Gt, Gt-Pd Wind Pressure (inches)
5 thumb pistons to Positive General cancel thumb piston Great: -
8 general thumb pistons Gt & Pd combinations coupled Swell: -
6 toe pistons to Pedal Positive: 3.7
6' toe pistons to Swell Solo: -
Reversible thumbs for Sw-Gt, Gt-Ped, Pedal Trombone Pedal: -
Fanfare Trumpet: 8
Great Reed: 3.7

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