Cathedral organs

Blackburn Cathedral is home to one of the finest Cathedral organs in the country.

Blackburn Cathedral is blessed with a world-class Organ, built by JW Walker in 1969. It was enlarged and rebuilt by Wood of Huddersfield in 2002.

The Cathedral organ

The organ is not only showcased to great effect through its use as an inspirational liturgical instrument, but also through the many recordings that have been made, and in the regular lunchtime concerts and organ meditations that take place throughout the year.

This iconic instrument has been sampled for the Hauptwerk Virtual Organ platform and can be purchased here. Fifty percent of all profits go towards the continued maintenance of the organ.

The most recent recording of the organ was made by the Director of Music, John Robinson to celebrate its 50th anniversary. This may be purchased directly from Regent Records.

A full demonstration of the instrument is given by Organist in Residence, John Hosking on Youtube here.

Click here to view the Organ Specification

The Chamber organ

There is also a four stop Chamber Organ by Kenneth Tickell, built in 2001. It’s specification is:

  • 8  Stopped Diapason
  • 4  Principal
  • 4  Chimney Flute
  • 2  Fifteenth


Dr. John Bertalot - Organist Emeritus

Former Director Music at Blackburn Cathedral (1964-82) Dr John Bertalot was jointly responsible for the design of the organ with Francis Jackson. In his role as Organist Emeritus, he is a loyal and supportive member of the Cathedral family. He is an ardent global advocate for Blackburn Cathedral and is a great supporter of our organ concert series.

To learn more about Dr Bertalot and to read the popular 'Music and More' visit

To find out more, please contact

John Robinson
Director of Music 01254 845307 [email protected]
John Robinson Head of Music at Blackburn Cathedral
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