St. George’s Cathedral
St. George's Cathedral

A small blue wooden church was built on the edge of Market Square in 1792. It was only 40 x 32 feet (about 12 x 10 metres). This Anglican church was the first church of any denomination in Kingston, and it was called St. George’s.

The present St. George’s building dates from 1825. It was built as a simple stone church with a steeple in front, and the designer was Thomas Rogers, the first practising architect in Kingston. An enlargement project began in 1839, and the present King Street portico and bell tower — including a stone narthex (lobby) to support it — were completed in 1846. Further enlargement of the Cathedral was done in 1891-94. Joseph Power, the son of John Power, designed this addition that included the transepts with galleries and a Sanctuary that included space for the choir. This addition also included the organ loft, Lady Chapel and Stuart Room. A large dome was added as part of the enlarged building; the wooden structure of the dome was built in a shipyard in Portsmouth.

Only five years after the completion of this work, early on the morning of New Year’s Day of 1899 the Cathedral was gutted by a fire. While the stone walls and most of the bell tower still stood, the roof and dome collapsed and everything made of wood, including the columns, burned. The stained glass windows were destroyed. Reconstruction soon began, and the work was completed in only eighteen months.

The last renovation of the Cathedral's interior began in 1975 under the direction of architect Neil MacLennan. A new nave altar and communion rail were added, with the high altar being used only infrequently since then.

St. George's Cathedral - InteriorSt. George's Cathedral - Interior

 In the late 1920s the Woodstock Organ Company provided St. George's Cathedral with a three manual organ on which today's instrument is based.

Dr. George Maybee initiated a massive rebuilding project, completed in 1963. Thirty-two new ranks were installed along with a new console closely resembling that of Westminster Abbey. The British firm of Hill, Norman and Beard was chosen to complete the work.

In the mid 1980s the organ was again rebuilt, this time by the Caron Pipe Organ Company of Montreal. A solid-state electronic console replaced the previous electro-pneumatic console.

The most recent renovation was completed in 2012 by Sylvain Brisson and Alain Gagnon, including a new console, and restoration and expansion of all divisions. This magnificent instrument continues to serve the Cathedral and the wider community.

St. George's OrganSt. George’s Organ

St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario

Woodstock (late 1920’s)
Hill Norman and Beard (1963)
François Caron (1985)
Sylvain Brisson, Alain Gagnon (2012)
(with annotations for the 2012 rebuild)

Great (61 notes)

  •  1   Double Open Diapason 16  
  •  2   Open Diapason I 8 (new)
  •  3   Open Diapason II 8 (new, C5+)
  •  4   Geigen Diapason 8 (new, C5+)
  •  5   Doppel Flute 8 (new, C5+)
  •  6   Flûte Harmonique 8 (new)
  •  7   Octave 4 (Pedal Choralbass extended to 61 notes)
  •  8   Principal 4 (new, C4+)
  •  9   Chimney Flute 4 (new, C4+)
  • 10  Twelfth 2⅔ <span (new, C3+)
  • 11  Fifteenth 2 (new, C3+)
  • 12  Grand Cornet V 16 (extension Cornet V)
  • 13  Cornet V 8 (new)(from CC)
  • 14  Grande Fourniture IV 2⅔ (Pedal Mixture IV extended to 61 notes)
  • 15  Fourniture IV 1⅓
  • 16  Contra Posaune 16 (new)
  • 17  Trumpet 8 (new)
  • 18  Tuba Magna 8 (new)
  • 19  Festal Trumpet 8 (former Tuba 8)
  • 20  Clarion 4 (new)
  • 21  Octave Tuba 4 (new, extension Tuba Magna)
  • 22  Festal Clarion 4 (New, extension Festal Trumpet)
  • Swell 16
  • Swell 8
  • Swell 4
  • Choir 16
  • Choir 8
  • Choir 4
  • Great 4

Swell (61 notes, under expression)

  • 23  Contra Gemshorn 16
  • 24  Geigen Principal 8(new, C5+)
  • 25  Hohl Flute 8(new, C5+)
  • 26  Viole de Gambe 8(former Choir Viola8, new C5+)
  • 27  Voix Celeste (from GG) 8 (former Choir Viola Celeste, new C5+)
  • 28  Harmonic Flute 4(new)
  • 29  Octave Geigen 4(new, C4+)
  • 30  Cornet Harmonique II (TC) 2⅔(new)
  • 31  Octavin 2(new)
  • 32  Plein jeu V 2(Quint Mixture III extended to V ranks)
  • 33  Contra Posaune 16(former Contra Posaune Great)
  • 34  Cornopean 8
  • 35  Oboe 8
  • 36  Voix Humaine 8
  • 37  Clairon 4
  • Tremulant
  • Swell 16
  • Swell 4
  • Swell Unison Off
  • Bombarde on Swell

Choir (61 notes, under expression)

  • 38  Rohr Gedeckt 8(new, C5+)
  • 39  Salicional 8(new)
  • 40  Unda Maris (from GG) 8(new)
  • 41  Fugara4 (from GG)(former Choir Viola Celeste, new, C4+)
  • 42  Nazard 2⅔ (new, C4+)
  • 43  Flageolet 2 (new, C3+)
  • 44  Tierce 1⅗ (new)
  • 45  Larigot 1⅓ (new, C3+)
  • 46  Scharf III (former Swell Sharf)
  • 47  Cromorne 8(new)
  • 48  Tuba Magna 8 (Great)
  • 49  Festal Trumpet 8(Great)
  • 50  Octave Tuba 4(Great)
  • 51  Festal Clairon 4(Great)
  • Tremulant
  • Swell 16
  • Swell 8
  • Swell 4
  • Choir 16
  • Choir 4
  • Choir Unison Off
  • Bombarde on Choir

Bombarde (floating division playable on Swell and Choir)

  • 52  Grand Cornet V 16 Great)
  • 53  Principal 8 (Oct. 4’ Great, 1 to 12 Open Dia. 1 Great)
  • 54  Cornet V 8 (Great)
  • 55  Prestant 4 (Great)
  • 56  Bombarde 16 (Great)
  • 57  Trompette 8 (Great)
  • 58  Tuba Magna 8 Great)
  • 59  Festal Trumpet 8 (Great)
  • 60  Clairon 4 (Great)
  • Bombarde 16
  • Bombarde 4

Pedal (32 notes)

  • 61  Bourdon 32 (new, digital)
  • 62  Soft Bourdon 32 (new, digital)
  • 63  Open Diapason 16 (Great)
  • 64  Open Wood Bass 16
  • 65  Subbass 16
  • 66  Lieblich Bourdon 16
  • 67  Gemshorn 16 (Swell)
  • 68  Quint Bass 10⅔
  • 69  Principal 8
  • 70  Bass Flute 8
  • 71  Grosse Tierce 6⅖ (new)
  • 72  Choral Bass 4
  • 73  Wald Flute 4
  • 74  Mixture IV 2⅔
  • 75  Bombarde 32
  • 76  Bombarde 16
  • 77  Posaune 16 (Great)
  • 78  Fagotto 16 (Swell)
  • 79  Trumpet 8
  • 80  Clairon 4
  • Great 8
  • Great 4
  • Swell 8
  • Swell 4
  • Choir 8
  • Choir 4

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