In 1967 a new organ console was installed in St Martin’s Chapel. The ‘Norman and Beard’ three manual organ is said to be one the finest within the Liverpool Diocese.
The Organ has been the focus of a specific fund raising restoration project and the application to the John Pilling Trust was successful with a grant of approximately £9,000. Establised in 1957, the Pilling Trust’s objects are to: ‘Advance the religious beliefs of the Church of England through the maintenance of the musical side of church services, and to develop the advancement of Christian education’.
This grant, together with some extenuated and specific fund raising initiatives, has enabled the repair and renewal of the electrics at the organ console . A total of £27,000 was spent on the organ in 2022.
Voluntaries are played both before and after services. As well as accompanying the choir in anthems, the organ leads the congregational singing.
Its large palette of stops makes it an excellent recital instrument allowing organists to interpret both the delicacy of the Baroque repertoire and the fuller sound of the French Romantic tradition to equally impressive effect.
A number of distinguished soloists have given recitals at St. Nicholas’ including Ian Tracey (Organist Titulaire for the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral), Richard Lea (former organist at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral), David Poulter (former organist of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral) and Stephen Hargreaves (former organist at St. Nicholas’ Church, Blundellsands).