Ripon Cathedral Organ

4 Manual Harrison & Harrison (TC Lewis) Organ

National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR) Entry


Ripon Cathedral Quire and organ casework



Ripon Cathedral - Console 2021



Pedals and pistons



Left and right stop jambs

The base software must be installed and configured on your computer before installing this organ plug in.



Dual display mode with optional music library display (Mouse over to zoom)




Automatic portrait display mode


Single display mode (Mouse over to zoom)



Suggested minimum computer specification

Windows 10 x64
i5 4th Generation Processor (or AMD equivalent)
16Gb RAM
128Gb Hard Drive (Ideally a solid state disk SSD)
Dedicated sound card (eg SoundBlasterZ) or USB external sound card recommended


About this organ

The Organ.

The organ at Ripon is not especially large in comparison to other cathedral instruments, but it is admired for both its character of tone and its power. The first of these attributes is thanks to the craftsmanship of TC Lewis, whose work forms the heart of the Ripon instrument. It might be best described as a three manual organ by Lewis but with the reeds (excepting the Choir Clarinet) and a fourth manual by Arthur Harrison.

The qualities of Lewis organs exceed the label of being merely ‘Romantic’. The Great Diapason chorus has the breadth, warmth, and full-blooded character associated with the typical English organ sound, yet possesses a brilliance that means it speaks with a convincing accent for continental music and nearly all styles and eras of composition. Lewis was, after all, a disciple of Edmund Schulze. By the same token, the family of Lieblich flutes on the Choir would not sound out of place in a Classically-voiced organ. These elements are complimented by the usual trappings of soft Swell strings, harmonic flute stops and a general abundance of 8-foot tone.

The reeds speak with the clean and bright tone that has come to be the hallmark of Harrison & Harrison organs. The Great Trombas which replaced Lewis’ more modestly-scaled reeds are at the top of the case and do not function as part of the Great chorus as they are no less powerful than tubas (the Choir transfer being very useful in this regard). The Arthur Harrison Solo department is small but provides all the usual ‘paintbox’ colours. Of particular note are the Corno di Bassetto and Contra Tuba which, although presented at 16-foot, possess an extra octave of pipes at the treble end making them available at 8-foot pitch by means of the Octave and Unison Off couplers. The enclosed Contra Tuba can also be utilised as a chorus reed for the Great in lieu of the Trombas and is available on the Pedal division. The big Tuba is by no means outdone for power (yet at no cost to its thrilling tone) and complimented further by the Iberian flavour of the Orchestral Trumpet added in 1988. Consequently, Ripon could be said to possess no fewer than six tubas.

The organ’s position on the screen affords it to speak easily into both the Quire to the East and the Nave to the West, but each side reveals different aspects to its character. Originally it was built and voiced to sound most coherent in the Quire, the organ nonetheless manages to project well into the Nave, where it enjoys the larger acoustic. In the case of the Choir and a substantial portion of the Pedal, which are on the East side of the screen, they dominate somewhat in the Quire but sound very distant in the Nave. The build-up the Great is much more satisfactory to the East too, which means the character of the organ in the Nave relies on the clarity of the Swell division which has shutters in both directions. Here, we have tried to achieve the best of both worlds, with a synthesised balance of the organ on both sides of the screen into one whole. What is offered is the intimacy of the Ripon instrument from the Quire but balanced as if it was completely sited on the screen (more or less as it originally was) and in the generous acoustic of the Nave.

Tom Coxhead, Assistant Organist - Ripon Cathedral
Ripon, 2021



The digital samples

Pipe organs were designed to sound their best in the acoustic space for which they were built.

We have taken great care so that the samples and acoustic model for this organ reproduce the instrument as faithfully as possible.

As described above the Ripon Organ is located in 3 different cases, 2 of which are almost 10m apart on the 8m to the east side of the main case. The effect of this can’t easily be reproduced and is not particularly desirable especially with the pedal division located on the south side. The sample set has been balanced to give the overall effect of the instrument through a standard stereo system.

If you have a multichannel system, surround sound or similar, the choir and enclosed part of the solo division respond well to having their own speaker channels. Great Organ offers the option to send any stop to any output on your audio module at any level.

Tests have been conducted on a range of different headphones and loudspeakers and using the tools built into Great Organ software excellent results can be achieved on most if not all systems.

It is down to you, the user, to adjust the EQ and reverb settings to get the best out of your own sound system, and we strongly recommend taking some time to adjust this organ to your current speaker and amplification setup.

Great Organ is working towards some video tutorials on how to get the best from your sound system and how to use the various features in the software.

CB
Ripon 2021


24 Bit Stereo and 5.1 surround sound (Studio Quality). Ranks recorded between 2019 and 2021

Tuning 440Hz



The team at Great Organ would like to sincerely thank the Dean and Chapter for granting permission for this project, and for their patience and assistance in helping us make this digital organ software.

We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to Andrew Bryden - Former Director of Music and Tom Coxhead, Assistant Organist, for their input, advice and assistance during the production of this software.

All profits from this digital sample set will be given to Ripon Cathedral Music Trust



Ripon Cathedral Organ - Specification


Stop ID Rank Stop Name
584'OCTAVE TROMBA 4'
598'TROMBA 8'
6016'CONTRA TROMBA 16'
613 RanksMIXTURE 19.22.26.29
622'SUPER OCTAVE 2'
632 ²/3'OCTAVE QUINT 2 ²/3'
644'COPPEL FLUTE 4'
654'OCTAVE 4'
668'FLÛTE HARMONIQUE 8'
678'STOPPED DIAPASON 8'
688'SMALL OPEN DIAPASON 8'
698'LARGE OPEN DIAPASON 8'
7016'DOUBLE STOPPED DIAPASON 16'

Stop ID Rank Stop Name
268'TRUMPET 8'
274'CLARION 4'
288'OBOE 8'
2915'CONTRA FAGOTTO 16'
302 RanksMIXTURE 12.15
313 RanksSESQUIALTERA 17.19.22
3216'CONTRA POSAUNE 16'
334'ROHR FLUTE 4'
342'FLAUTINA 2'
358'ROHR GEDECKT 8'
364'GEIGEN PRINCIPAL 4'
378'GEIGEN 8'
388'VOIX CELESTES 8'
398'ECHO GAMBA 8'

Stop ID Rank Stop Name
911 ³/5'TIERCE 1 ³/5'
921'LIEBLICH PICCOLO 2'
932 ²/3'NAZARD 2 ²/3'
944'LIEBLICH FLUTE 4'
955'SALICET 4'
968'SALICIONAL 8'
978'FLAUTO TRAVERSO 8'
988'FLAUTO TRAVERSO 8'
9916'LIEBLICH BOURDON 16'

Stop ID Rank Stop Name
18'ORCHESTRAL TRUMPET 8'
28'TUBA 8'
316'CONTRA TUBA 16'
48'ORCHESTRAL HAUTBOIS 8'
516'CORNO DI BASSETTO 16'
64'CONCERT FLUTE 4'
78'VIOLE D'ORCHESTRE 8'

Stop ID Rank Stop Name
1184'TUBA CLARION 4'
1198'OCTAVE TUBA 8'
12016'TUBA 16'
12116'OPHECLIEDE 16'
12232'BOMBARDON 32'
1233 RanksMIXTURE 15.19.22
1244'VIOLE 4'
1258'FLUTE 8'
1268'VIOLONCELLO 8'
12716'LIEBLICH BOURDON 16'
12816'SUB BASS 16'
1294'VIOLONE 16'
1304'OPEN WOOD 16'
1314'DOUBLE OPEN WOOD 32'

Stop ID Stop Name
132SOLO - OCTAVE
133SOLO - SUB OCTAVE
134SOLO - UNISON OFF
135SWELL - SUB OCTAVE
136SWELL - OCTAVE
137SWELL - UNISON OFF
138GREAT - SOLO TO GREAT
139GREAT - SWELL TO GREAT
140GREAT - CHOIR TO GREAT
141GREAT - REEDS ON CHOIR
142CHOIR - SOLO TO CHOIR
143CHOIR - SWELL TO CHOIR
144PEDAL - SWELL TO PEDAL
145PEDAL - SOLO TO PEDAL
146PEDAL - CHOIR TO PEDAL
147PEDAL - GREAT TO PEDAL
148SOLO - TREMULANT
149SWELL - TREMULANT
-Manuals I and II switch
-Pedal Divide (Not implemented in virtual version)



Ripon Cathedral Organ - Audio samples


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