Canongate Kirk – Pipe Organ – Positioned in the Gallery. Built in 1998 by Th Frobenius & Sonner of Denmark – Op. 1000

Click on the links below to listen to pieces written by Helen Leach and played by Simon Leach, our organist, on the organ at Canongate Kirk.

Prelude for a Royal Swan

The Black Rood of Scotland

The Call to Care for Creation

An Edinburgh Farewell

Prelude for a Royal Swan was written to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Accession to the Throne of Queen Elizabeth II, and was first played at the Canongate Kirk service that historic morning, 6th February, 2022.  Composed at the outset of lockdown in 2020 in the outhouse of our cottage in Hawick, The Black Rood of Scotland, a musical meditation on St Margaret’s priceless treasure, was first played for the Canongate Kirk Remembrance Service that year.  An Edinburgh Farewell pays homage to the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and was composed especially for his Memorial Service held at Canongate Kirk Sunday 18th April, 2021.  Voicing the urgent need for good stewardship of the planet, The Call to Care for Creation was composed in September 2022 and dedicated to the new monarch, King Charles III, one of the most devoted ambassadors for this all-important cause.

More organ pieces

Click on the links below to listen to pieces performed on the Frobenuis organ by  David Goodenough, our former organist  at  Canongate Kirk.

Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 545

Trio Sonata No.1 in E flat Major, BWV525 First Movement

Trio Sonata No.1 in E flat Major, BWV525 Second Movement

Trio Sonata No.1 in E flat Major, BWV525 Third Movement

Three Chorale Preludes for Advent and Christmas, from Das Orgelbüchlein:

i. Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn, BWV601

ii.Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV605

iii.Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich herr, BWV606

Toccata and Fugue in D minor (‘Dorian’), BWV538

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:

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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