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Johannus expands its LiVE family with the addition of a Hill & Sons organ

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The Johannus LiVE family has just welcomed its newest addition, the Hill & Sons organ from the Holy Name Church in Manchester.


The Johannus LiVE is a digital stereo organ that comes with sample sets that allow organists to play on dozens of international pipe organs. Each sample set comprises pure, clear recordings taken from a complete organ. When Johannus LiVE was launched in 2015, sample sets were already available from the Cavaillé Coll organ in the Église Notre-Dame d’Auteuil in Paris, the Silbermann organ in the Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, and the Bätz organ in Utrecht’s Domkerk. Later additions include the Schnitger organ in the Ludgeri Kirche in Norden and the Maarschalkerweerd organ in the Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek in Zwolle.


The famous Holy Name Church stands right at the international crossroads of study, research and healthcare in Manchester. Every day, thousands of students from all over the world gather on Oxford Road, where the University of Manchester is also located. 

However, they’re not only there to study – they also frequently attend the Weekday Masses. These services start at 1.05pm, in careful alignment with the students’ timetable. Amid the hectic bustle of academic life, the students briefly surrender to solemn rituals, age-old hymns and beautiful music, such as that of the distinctive William Hill & Sons organ.

The instrument was built in 1870 and has been continually restored over the years, receiving constant and effusive praise for its wonderful tone and power. Not least from the students themselves. For them, this organ’s majestic music is their weekly oasis way from the cacophony of everyday noise.


Thanks to Johannus LiVE, you can now play the Hill & Sons organ from the Holy Name Church in Manchesterin the comfort of your own home. This new sample set is now available for order from your Johannus dealer.