Organ & Organists
The Cathedral Organ was built by William Hill and Son in 1886, and rebuilt by that firm in 1931, when it was placed in the present organ chamber. The console was moved to its present position in 1962. The organ was rebuilt again in 1973 by Percy Daniel & Co. Ltd., when the opportunity was taken to re-model the instrument, placing the newly-created Positive Organ in the space previously occupied by the console. The 1995 rebuild, also by Percy Daniel & Co. Ltd., completed the scheme started in 1973. Great care was taken to preserve the unique William Hill tone quality. In 2006, six new digital stops were added by Phoenix Organs.
* digital stops
Swell to Great
Swell to Positive
Positive to Great
Positive to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Great and Pedal Combinations
6 adjustable thumb pistons to Great
5 adjustable thumb pistons to Positive
6 adjustable thumb pistons to Swell
6 adjustable toe pistons to Swell (duplicating)
6 adjustable toe pistons to Pedal
1 thumb reverser to Swell to Great
1 toe reverser Swell to Great
1 thumb reverser Great to Pedal
1 toe reverser Great to Pedal
1 thumb reverser Pedal Trombone
1 General Cancel thumb piston
8 General thumb pistons
Mark Duthie - Director of Music
Mark Duthie was born and educated in Aberdeen, and during his time at Aberdeen University was Assistant Organist at St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Aberdeen.
On graduating with First Class Honours in Pure Mathematics he went as a postgraduate student to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he sang in the Chapel Choir for two years. He was then Organ Scholar at Chester Cathedral prior to his appointment as Assistant Master of the Music at Peterborough Cathedral in 1994. During his time in Peterborough, he founded the Cathedral Girls’ Choir, which he directed in concerts, services and broadcasts.
Mark moved to Brecon in 2007 to become Organist and Master of the Choristers at Brecon Cathedral. He is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and has examined extensively in the UK, and in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia.
Paul Hayward - Assistant Organist
Paul Hayward accompanies the majority of services in the cathedral, and is the organist for St Mary's parish church. Paul also assists the Director of Music in the training and directing of the cathedral choir and consort. Outside of his cathedral duties, he is the organist-in-residence at Christ College, Brecon, where he teaches music theory and piano, and accompanies concerts, examinations and rehearsals.
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