Report Norwich Catherdral Organ Rebuild in General discussion Posted Saturday at 08:49 1 hour ago, Achilles 3201 said: It was unfortunate that the organist changed the registration with monotonous frequency and no musical rationale, as if trying to find something nice. Was this during the Psalm(s)? Surprising, as Norwich has exceptionally gifted organists, but like anywhere else, they don’t necessarily play at all services. I have to say that my experience at Norwich has been different with organ-playing which was brilliant, particularly considering that the organist had to ‘work round’ parts of the instrument which were failing. I gathered from him that the rebuild is necessary and long overdue. Indeed the Dean said much the same when the restoration project was announced; incidentally that mentioned a period of 75 years since the last major restoration. That must be something of a record for a major Cathedral organ! The organ’s layout is very similar to York’s and other cathedrals where it is physically Impossible to contain all of a large instrument in the main case. That said, surely in a large cathedral where services take place in both the quire and the nave (and at Norwich they are both among the largest) the central position on the pulpitum is best? Of course, some re-arrangement is possible, and we will have to wait for details of the restoration.