In 2004 the Cathedral took delivery of a brand new organ funded by a large gift to the DCCA by David Boardman. The instrument is a small chamber organ built by Lammermuir Pipe Organs from Oldhamstocks in the Lammermuir Hills south of Edinburgh. The firm is run by Neil Richerby who learned his trade in Europe and Canada and who specialises in building instruments along historical lines using traditional methods. The new organ brings to life the sound-world of the seventeenth century and its woodwork picks up themes from the black oak Cosin choirstalls and from the Father Smith organ.
The organ’s primary use is in accompanying pieces written in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; it has four stops: a Stopped Diapason (8’), made from oak and walnut, a Principal (4’) made of 25% tin, a Nason Flute (4’) of oak, maple and walnut, and a wooden Fifteenth (2’), of maple and pine. A pedal controls a simple mechanism which makes it possible to silence all except the 8-foot stop (very useful when both hands are busy). Most of the organ is made of oak, but the keyboard has cowbone naturals and ebony sharps. It is moveable, on wheels which retract so that the instrument stands solidly on its own base once in position.