Winchester Cathedral Song Room
Winchester’s first cathedral ‘Old Minster’ was built c648. This was enlarged in the late 10th century when a huge western structure was built over the grave of St Swithun. By the year 1000, Old Minster was one of the largest Anglo-Saxon churches in England. However, in 1079, Walkelin (a Norman bishop), was appointed and charged with replacing Old Minster by an even larger church in the developing Romanesque style. The site chosen for the new cathedral was immediately south of Old Minster which remained standing until 1093 when the essential parts of its Norman replacement had been completed. Since then, most of Walkelin’s 11th century church has been rebuilt or remodelled and by the early 16th century, much of the Cathedral, as it stands today, was complete.
Choral music has been a part of Winchester Cathedral for nearly a thousand years and in recent decades Winchester Cathedral Choir has become internationally acclaimed through its recordings, broadcasts, concerts and recitals.
In 1995, Nicholson & Co were commissioned to provide a new 3-stop practice organ with mechanical action for the Song Room in Winchester Cathedral. The installation of this new instrument required the removal of the old Chapter Table and the casework of the organ was designed and carved in European Oak to complement its surroundings. This delightful small organ was installed in June 1996 and a short service of dedication was held on 17th July.
Manual II to Manual I
Manual II to Pedal