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The Willis Organ



St. George's Hall, Liverpool

Built in 1855 by the Liverpool firm of Henry Willis & Sons it was a state of the art design with many innovative features. Originally steam powered it has been overhauled and rebuilt by Henry Willis several times. There are regular organ recitals throughout the year, usually by the City Organist, Professor Ian Tracy

The Willis Organ



St. George's Hall, Liverpool

Built in 1855 by the Liverpool firm of Henry Willis & Sons it was a state of the art design with many innovative features. Originally steam powered it has been overhauled and rebuilt by Henry Willis several times. There are regular organ recitals throughout the year, usually by the City Organist, Professor Ian Tracy

comments (6)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Feb 2010, 08:01
A beautiful organ - I have heard of Willis organs before. Steam powered - it must be the reason for all the overhauls.
Les Auld: It is a fine example Louis, thanks for the comment.
Its a very grand organ and hall, good to read the piece of history, I never knew about steam organssmile
Les Auld: More electricity and air pumps these days Linda, thanks for the comment.
Organ tuning and cleaning was my first ever job after leaving school..I was with the organ builders..JW Walker & Sons.
I used to sit at the console and hold various notes while the main man did the tuning..The long base pipes you see could be 32ft long.
Thanks for showing Les..bought back some happy memories.
A great POV for this shot.
Les Auld: Glad the memories were happy Ron, thanks for the comment.
What a magnificent organ les, my word would I like to hear this one being played.
Les Auld: it does sound rather grand, a fine tome to it Brian, thanks for the comment.
Fine interior shot, Les. I've visited Liverpool several times, but have never been in St. George's Hall - next time, perhaps smile
Les Auld: Wel worth the visit Tom, thanks for the comment.
some work in producing such a beautiful instrument, great capture
Les Auld: Plenty of component parts to play with Derek, thanks for the comment.

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