trumpetroyal300x200The present organ is a descendant of one built in 1824 by John Vincent. Rebuilt in 1885 by T. C. Lewis and following further rebuilds, the organ is now a four-manual instrument, with five keyboard divisions, Solo, Swell, Great, Choir and Bombarde. Its most dramatic feature is a strong fanfare trumpet en chamade – the Trompeta Real – which continues down to the Pedal Organ at 16-foot pitch, to provide a very solid foundation for the full organ.  A versatile example of the romantic genre, the organ is suitable for playing any of the recitalist’s repertoire. A separate booklet giving details and the full specification is available at the back of the church or on the Organ Specifications at NPOR site.

Our organist and director of music is Oliver King, with Jeremy Allen as assistant organist.

Organ Scholarship

Applications invited each year for the recently established Michael Swindlehurst Organ Scholarship.  The scholarship is worth £1242 in total, of which £752 is payable directly to the scholar in three termly instalments. The remainder is retained as a tuition allowance.

Further details here or contact Oliver King, Director of Music and Organist (email: The present organ scholar for 2018-2019 has been offered the scholarship for 2019-2020 so the closing date for applications for 2020 to 2021 will be the end of June 2020 with auditions and interviews in July 2020.

This organ scholarship was established in memory of the Rev’d Canon Michael Swindlehurst, who died in 2017. Michael was a loyal and committed supporter of the music at St Mary’s, and the scheme will honours his memory and provides an opportunity for the comprehensive, holistic and professional training of a young church musician. Funding is drawn from a number of different sources: St Mary’s Music Association, Saffron Walden, St Mary’s Church PCC, Saffron Walden, St Mary’s Church PCC, Wendens Ambo, and (at this point) community funding in Michael’s memory. The scholarship is usually be held for one year only.