Caird Hall: Organ

 Contact Details

Caird Hall Office
 Email: cairdhall@leisureandculturedundee.com
 Tel: 01382 434451

The organ was built by Harrison and Harrison of Durham in 1922 and installed in 1923. The organ was designed by the famous blind organist of Edinburgh, Alfred Hollins, and contains 50 speaking stops.

This was Harrison’s first Concert Hall Organ and the scale of the building is quite colossal and the organ is one of the finest instruments.

In 1991 the organ was carefully restored by the original builders and the pitch sharpened to make the organ playable with the visiting orchestras / bands

The exhaust pneumatic action has been restored in its entirety, and the original adjustable pistons, one on each division save the Orchestral, which had two, allow for the pneumatic piston action to be fitted with an electronic memory.

The combination pedals have been removed and replaced with toe pistons. A Swell to Orchestral coupler has been added.

Dundee City Council are delighted that part of Dundee’s cultural heritage has been restored for future generations.

The post of City Organist is currently held by Stuart Muir who was tutored by John Langdon whilst studying music at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow.

Stuart also trained with Bernard Porter at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow. Since 2000 Stuart has been the Pastoral Musician at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dundee.

  • A booklet on the story of the organ produced by the Friends of the Caird Hall Organ is available to purchase from The McManus Shop.
  • Organ Concerts take place throughout the year, please check our What’s On for dates/times.
1 Double Open Wood FFFF (from 2) 32
2 Open wood 16
3 Open Diapason (metal, leathered) 16
4 Geigen (from 22) 16
5 Salicional (from 12) 16
6 Sub Bass (from 23) 16
7 Octave wood (from 2) 8
8 Flute (from 23) 8
9 Ophicleide (metal) 16
10 Trombone (from 34) 16
11 Posaune (from 9) 8
12 Double Salicional (metal) 16
13 Viole d’Orchestre 8
14 Violes Celestes (to FF, 2 ranks) 8
15 Harmonic Flute 8
16 Concert Flute (harmonic) 4
17 Harmonic Piccolo 2
18 Cor Anglais 16
19 Corno di Bassetto 8
20 Orchestral Oboe 8
  Tremulent  
21 Tuba (unenclosed) 8
22 Double Geigen 16
23 Bourdon (wood and metal) 16
24 Large Open Diapason (leathered) 8
25 Small Open Diapason 8
26 Geigen 8
27 Hohl Flute (wood, open through) 8
28 Rohr Flute (wood and metal) 8
29 Octave 4
30 Wald Flut (wood) 4
31 Octave Quint 2 2/3
32 Super Octave 2
33 Harmonics 17 19 b21 22 IV
34 Contra Tromba 16
35 Tromba 8
36 Octave Tromba 4
37 Open Diapason 8
38 Stopped Diapason (wood) 8
39 Echo Salicional 8
40 Vox Angelica 8
41 Octave Geigen 4
42 Stopped flute (metal) 4
43 Fifteenth 2
44 Mixture 12 19 22 26 29 V
45 Oboe 8
46 Vox Humana 8
  Tremulent  
47 Double Trumpet 16
48 Trumpet 8
49 Horn 8
50 Clarion 4

The usual couplers are provided, with the addition of an Orchestral to Swell. The Swell to Orchestral was added during the restoration. The octave couplers do not read through on this coupler.

  • Great Reeds on Great
  • Great Reeds on Orchestral
  • 8 each to three manuals and Pedals
  • 8 general pistons
  • (available on Swell toe pistons by rocking tablet)
  • 8 memories to divisional pistons
  • 8 memories to general pistons
  • Great and Pedal Combinations by rocking tablet
  • Orchestral to Great (thumb and toe)
  • Swell to Great (thumb and toe)
  • 32′ (thumb)
  • Swell to Pedal (thumb and toe)
  • Great to Pedal (thumb and toe)
  • Orchestral to Pedal (thumb and toe)
  • Pedal Ophicleide (toe)
  • Orchestral Tremulant (toe)
  • Swell Tremulant (toe)
  • Pedal flue-work 4″ to 6″
  • Pedal reeds 18″ and 20″
  • Orchestral flue-work and reeds 6″
  • Tuba 20″
  • Great flue-work 5″, reeds 18″
  • Swell flue-work and light reeds 5″
  • Swell chorus reeds 10″
  • Action 12″
Alfred Hollins Organ Works
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  • Visiting organists are very welcome!
  • Please contact us using the Contact Details above.