Willis Organ


Willis Organ

Building the new Music Hall used up most of the £5000 that had been raised for the task, but a music hall without an organ was considered incomplete and so a second campaign was launched to raise £1000 for an organ by Henry Willis with ‘upwards of 1100 pipes’. The Music Hall Company could probably not have chosen better, for Willis was seen as the leading organ builder in mid-century Britain, later supplying organs to the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and many other prominent buildings [The organ at St Machar’s Cathedral in Old Aberdeen is a later Henry Willis organ of 1891]. The first performance on the new Organ was by Willis himself who played at a Freedom of the City ceremony for former Prime Minister Lord John Russell in September 1859.

Aberdeen Performing Arts, Johnny Bean




From a film by Michael Steele, organist David Smith