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The Organs

Jesus College organs

The Chapel has three organs, two fixed instruments located in the two bays on the north side of the chancel and a movable chamber organ.

The oldest organ, located closest to the altar, dates originally from the mid 19th century and was given to the College by Sir John Sutton. The designs on the panels are by Pugin. This organ was used as the principal organ for the Chapel until the installation of an instrument by Noel Mander in 1971. The Sutton Organ has recently been restored to its original 1849 state by William Drake.

In 2007, the Mander organ, which had served the Chapel since 1971, was replaced by a new instrument of 33 stops following a generous donation from Mr James Hudleston. The first instrument in the UK to be built by Orgelbau Kuhn, Switzerland’s leading organ builders, it is regarded as one of the finest organs in Cambridge. The Hudleston Organ was designed to accompany the daily liturgical life of the Chapel, whilst also serving as a recital and teaching instrument.

In 2010, Mr Charles Rawlinson commissioned a three-stop chamber organ by Kenneth Tickell of Northampton. This is known as the Rawlinson Chamber Organ.

All three organs are regularly used for services and concerts in the Chapel. The College has three resident organists in the Director of Music and the two Organ Scholars, and other members of the College occasionally give recitals along with visiting musicians.

Other free-standing instruments currently housed in the Chapel are a 2006 Steinway concert grand piano in polished black, and a harpsichord built by Bruce Kennedy in 2012 after a model by Christian Zell dating from 1741. The harpsichord soundboard features a painting of the College Crest.  Both instruments were the gift of Professor Stephen Heath.