Buckfast Abbey in Devon has recently had two new organs installed by the Italian Fratelli Rufatti company of Padova, the first instruments of their kind in Great Britain.
The organ installed in the western gallery is fixed in position whereas the larger Quire organ console has been designed to be fully mobile; it can be positioned and played from any location within the abbey. The Quire organ consists of five stands - four manual and one pedal, whereas the gallery organ consists of two manual and one pedal stand.
Both organs have been designed to complement the mix of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles in which the abbey has been constructed. These fantastic organ pipes are known as 'Pontifical Trumpets' and are located high up in a fixed position within the western gallery casework of the abbey.