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Built in 1998 by Th Frobenius & Sonner of Denmark – Op. 1000

Canongate Kirk – Pipe Organ – Positioned in the Gallery

Click on the links below to listen extracts of pieces performed on the organ at Canongate Kirk.

Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C

Lully – Prelude from ‘Te Deum’

Handel – ‘La Rejouissance’ from the Royal Fireworks

Clarke – Prince of Denmark March

Charpentier – ‘Prelude’ Te Deum

Stanley – Trumpet Voluntary

The Organ was specially designed for Canongate Kirk as a memorial to the Very Reverend Doctor Ronald Selby Wright, the much loved Minister of Canongate from 1937-1977.  It was built by the Th. Frobenius & Sønner, Orgelbyggeri A/S of Denmark, a firm well known in the organ world for meticulous craftsmanship and lyrical sound.  The Canongate organ is their 1000th instrument, and the first Frobenius in Scotland.  The instrument is a two manual tracker action instrument with 20 stops, 3 couplers and tremulant.  There are no pistons or general registration aids.


Great C-g’’’ Positiv C-g’’’ Pedal C-f’
Principal 8’ Fugara 8’ Subbas 16’
Rohrflute 8’ Gedeckt 8’ Hohlflute 8’
Octave 4’ Celeste 8’ Principal 8’
Gedeckflute 4’ Waldflute 4’ Basun 16’
Quint 2 2/3’ Flute 2’
Octave 2’ Quint 1 1/3’
Mixtur IV Sesquialtera II
Trompet 8’ Obo 8’
Tremulant Variable Speed and Depth
Couplers Gt/Ped Pos/Ped Gt + Pos




Great Organ =   616 pipes = 8 stops (11 Ranks)

On the case: Lauda   Dominum Praise the Lord

Positiv (Swell)   = 505 pipes = 8 stops (9 Ranks)

Deus magnus   Dominus God the Lord is great

Pedal = 120   pipes = 4 stops

Lauda Deum Praise God

Total = 1241   pipes

Pitch = A440   cone tuned at equal temperament.





Mahogany case
Oak console, bench and pedals
Yellow pine trackers
Cedarwood and leather pallets
Padouk wood reed heads
Pipes of Tin,  Copper or Mahogany
Brass and aluminium metal work
Naturals of mammoth tusk ivory
Sharps of ebony
Draw stops of mammoth and ebony
Gold leaf inscription lettering
Swell shutters constructed of two mahogany panels with a lead sheet core.


The instrument has been recorded several times, most recently by the Edinburgh Society of Organists for their ‘Organs of Edinburgh’ CD book (Delphian) which can be ordered at: http://edinburghorganists.org.

Other recordings of the instrument include:

  • Complete Organ Works of Johann Krebs – Vol 1 – John Kitchen – Priory
  • Pachelbel: Organ Works Vol.2 – Matthew Owens – Delphian
  • JS Bach – Organ Works at Canongate Kirk – David Hamilton – Divine Arts


The inaugural concert was given on 16th November 1998 by Dr. John Kitchen, Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Organist, The City of Edinburgh Organist and Director of Music at Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Edinburgh.

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