An historic and special feature of the Church is its organ.

The organ dates from 1696 and the pipes were made by Christian Schmidt and his famous uncle Bernard, who were building the organ in St Paul’s Cathedral around the same time. The case has fine carvings, attributed to Grinling Gibbons, who also worked together with Christopher Wren at St Paul’s.

The organ has subsequently been added to and restored by eminent organ builders: John Snetzler in the 18th. century and Henry Willis in the 19th.

St Peter’s is noted for the first performance of the organ arrangement of Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’. This was
arranged and played by Samuel Reay at the wedding of Dorothy Carew and Tom Daniel on 2 June 1847.
Organ manuals and stops
Organ stops

To hear our Music Director, Andrew Curtis and Assistant Organist, Graham Willson playing the first movement of the Organ Duet in C by SS Wesley on this fine instrument please click on the ‘Play’ button in the panel on the right. (Good speakers or headphones are recommended)

Organ Duet in C - movement 1 - SS Wesley

by Andrew Curtis and Graham Willson


St Peter’s Church
St Peter Street
EX16 6RP

Telephone: 01884 242991



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