Godalming, Surrey

CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL

New organ

III/50

2026–27

We are delighted to have been commissioned to build a new three-manual, 50-stop organ for the chapel of Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey. The instrument will be built within the divided casework of the present organ in the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed chapel. This casework is to be extended and re-modelled to improve its appearance. The new organ will have electro-pneumatic action throughout and will take tonal inspiration from the French Romantic school, building on our experience in restoring the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Manchester Town Hall.

Three good quality ranks of pipes will be retained from the present organ (Harrison & Harrison 1927, modified in mechanism and tonal scheme by original builders in 1979), but the organ will otherwise be new.

The completion of a new organ for the chapel will bring to fruition the school’s vision for an instrument that supports the choral and congregational singing that is so intrinsic to the life of the school, and which inspires the teaching and performance of new generations of organists on a reliable instrument with the versatility to tackle a very wide range of repertoire.

Completion of the instrument is scheduled for Christmas 2027.