New chamber organ arrives at the Chapel

New chamber organ

Henk Klop (left) shows the new organ to Organ Scholar Parker Ramsay and Director of Music Stephen Cleobury

A new organ arrived at the Chapel on Ash Wednesday (22 February). The 3-stop chamber organ was commissioned by King's and hand-made by Henk Klop, who specialises in period keyboard instruments. Mr Klop himself drove the instrument from Germany in the back of his car.

It was placed at the east end of the choir stalls, and will be used to accompany the Choir in repertoire more suited to a small organ than the four-manual Harrison organ on the screen (the Harrison remains unsurpassed in its quality).

It is just over a metre long and has wooden pipes, so it is relatively small and light. It can be transported easily to other parts of the Chapel for use in concerts.


The keyboard is made of ebony and maple. The case is made of oak.

Klop organs have an international reputation for craftsmanship. They were first made by Henk Klop's father Gerrit in the 1960s at a time when there was an increasing demand for small instruments, as part of the rising interest in authentic performance of early music. His son Henk took over the workshop in 1994. Each instrument the firm makes is tailored to their clients' needs, and based on historical examples.

Stephen Cleobury, Organist and Director of Music, said: "I am very excited by the arrival of this new instrument. It replaces the instrument by EW Johnson, affectionately known as 'BOB', which has given excellent service for over 40 years.

"Other instruments by Klop that I have heard have impressed me by the beauty of their sound, and I know that our new organ will prove to be an excellent partner to the Choir in early repertoire, and to the Academy of Ancient Music and other prestigious period instrument ensembles with whom the Choir performs."

22 February 2012