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Yesterday I had a lovely walk with my daughter up the "Royal Mile" in Edinburgh and we did a quick reconnaissance (unfortunately without tripod) around the interior of The High Kirk of Edinburgh, sometimes erroneously called St. Giles' Cathedral. For although the title of "Cathedral" gives an idea of this church's magnificent scale, it was only strictly correct for two short periods when Bishops served in the Scottish Church, from 1633-8 and from 1661-89, under the reigns of Charles I and Charles II respectively.

Next time I shall certainly take my tripod because the interior of this church is really quite dim. However, I mananged a few pictures with the ISO wound up to 6400 with amazingly little "noise". For any photographers wishing to explore this place, it is very well worth the £2 fee to be allowed to take photographs in here - and there's no restriction on the use of flash or tripods either, which is amazing. There are also very well informed visitor guides too and an extremely pleasant gentleman approached us and gave us lots of interesting information about the building and its history.

This picture is of the relatively new organ whiich is a splendid instrument built in 1992 by the Austrian firm of Rieger Orgelbau, in consultation with organists Herrick Bunney and Peter Hurford. The instrument, with its distinctive case of Austrian oak designed by Douglas Laird, stands in the South Transept and is completely new, except for the Pedal Open Wood 16' and the Bombarde 32' which were retained from the previous instrument (Willis III 1940). In addition, the lowest seven pipes of the old 32' Double Open Wood are mounted at the back of the case and form the bass of the Untersatz 32' - the remaining metal pipes of which form part of the façade. The instrument possesses mechanical key and stop action. There are 57 speaking stops spread over three manual divisions and the pedal division. The louvred top of the central pipe tower contains a chromatic ring of 37 Whitechapel bells, which are playable from the Swell manual and from the Pedal.

If you're interested, you can see and hear more about this organ in a little YouTube video here. You can also read more about St. Giles on the official St. Giles' website here.

And, for those of you who really appreciate imaging, you can see a fine interactive panorama of the interior of the church if you follow this Panoramic Earth link - you can just catch a glimpse of the organ here too.

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