Portico’s organ is based on the original Evans and Barr two manual instrument installed in 1917. At the age of 98 it was completely rebuilt and extended by the Wells Kennedy Partnership. The rebuild included not only a new case designed by Bill Maxwell and a new console (both built by Renatus of Devon), but also a completely new framework, soundboards, the addition of 2’ and mixture stops to the manuals and the expansion of the pedal department, mostly with digital stops.
The ethos of the organ restoration was to encourage the general public to explore and play the instrument. In addition, much of its inner workings have been encased with glass - uniquely allowing a fascinating appreciation of the workings of the instrument.