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Hidden histories! Discover the intriguing tale of the first organ found at St John’s Co-Cathedral
It turns out that this organ’s location is not its original position!

Lyndsey Grima

Recently, St John’s Co-Cathedral revealed an interesting fact on its social media page. Beneath the splendid balcony above the Oratory doorway lies an organ that holds a remarkable secret because, in fact, this location is not its original position.

The majestic organ you see today, gazing toward the Caravaggio painting, holds the distinction of being the FIRST organ of St. John’s Co-Cathedral.

Crafted in 1579 by the renowned Sicilian organ builder Raffaele La Valle, this musical masterpiece initially resided in the Chapel of Auvergne before embarking on a transformative journey to its current location in the seventeenth century.

However, the relocation wasn't without its challenges. To seamlessly integrate the organ into its new setting, meticulous alterations were required.

From bending and resizing the large pipes to modifying the pedal extension and adapting the air supply system, each adjustment was made with precision and care to ensure a harmonious fit within the balcony’s arch.

This surprising revelation intrigued a number of people in the comments on social media, some saying that they found this fact very interesting since it is the type of information that is never listed in history books.

Did you know the story behind this interesting organ?

24th February 2024


Lyndsey Grima
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Lyndsey Grima
Lyndsey has always been passionate about all things content. She keeps her storytelling skills sharp by exercising physically as she’s a fitness buff and also mentally as she enjoys reading and travelling.

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