Music plays a vital role within worship at the Abbey.

Sherborne Abbey’s choral tradition is nationally famous. Singing two weekend services almost throughout the year, and daily in the lead to Christmas and Easter, the choir currently consists of 14 adult altos, tenors and basses, and 18 boy choristers who all attend local schools.

The Director of Music, Jamie Henderson, may be contacted on james.henderson@sherborneabbey.com.

Lunchtime organ recitals have been on hold throughout Coronavirus but will be restarting, after the arrival of our new Team Rector, in September.  The magnificent organ in The Abbey is by Gray & Davison.

Organ Recitals

Lunchtime organ recitals will start on Mondays at 1.30pm from early November onwards. Please click on What’s On for more details and dates.

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The Abbey is also a focal point for many musical events in the town, with concerts taking place each month by a wide range of performers from the region and beyond.

Its annual five day Music Festival takes place in May and over the last twenty years has welcomed a large number of local, national and international performers.

The Organ of Sherborne Abbey

The organ is located above the North transept and was originally installed by Gray and Davison in 1856, based on their gold medal winning organ shown at the 1851 Great Exhibition.

In 1951 the organ was rebuilt, with an electro-pneumatic action and a remote console being installed by J W Walker & Sons. Some tonal adjustments were made by the Bristol-based organ builder John Coulson in 1971, but the electro-pneumatic action soon declined and a complete rebuild was carried out by Bishop & Sons in 1986/7, reinstating a mechanical action.

A major rebuild and improvement of the organ was carried out by Kenneth Tickell & Co. in 2004/5, most notably adding the Nave division, which sits below the Great West Window.

The Organ – Technical Specification

The specification of the organ as rebuilt by Kenneth Tickell & Co. of Northampton.

Great Organ
• Double Diapason 16
• Open Diapason I 8
• Open Diapason II 8
• Stopped Diapason 8
• Octave 4
• Harmonic Flute 4
• Twelfth 2⅔
• Fifteenth 2
• Sesquialtera III
• Mixture IV-V
• Trumpet 8
11 stops

Swell Organ
• Open Diapason 8
• Clarinet Flute 8
• Keraulophon 8
• Vox Angelica 8
• Principal 4
• Nason Flute 4
• Gemshorn 2
• Mixture IV
• Double Trumpet 16
• Cornopean 8
• Hautboy 8
• Clarion 4
• Tremulant
12 stops

Choir Organ
• Clarabella 8
• Gamba 8
• Principal 4
• Wald Flute 4
• Flageolet 2
• Cornet IV
• Mixture III
• Clarinet 8
8 stops

Pedal Organ
• Open Wood 16
• Open Diapason 16
• Bourdon 16
• Quint 10⅔
• Principal 8
• Super Octave 4
• Contra Batten 32
• Trombone 16
8 stops

Nave Section
• Open Diapason 8
• Stopped Diapason 8
• Principal 4
• Fifteenth 2
• Mixture IV
• Subbass (Pedal) 16
6 stops

Couplers
• Swell to Great
• Choir to Great
• Nave on Great
• Swell to Choir
• Nave on Choir
• Swell to Pedal
• Great to Pedal
• Choir to Pedal

Combination Couplers
• Great & Pedal Combinations coupled
• Generals on Swell Toe Pistons

Compass
• Manuals: 58 notes
• Pedals: 30 notes

Wind
• Pedal 100
• Great 82
• Swell 78
• Choir 70
• Nave 70

Transept organ
• Tracker key action, slider soundboards with optional electric coupling
• Electric stop and combination actions with sequencer

Nave organ
Electric key and stop action, slider soundboards

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