The new organ at the parish church of St.Michael the Archangel Lyme Regis was built by Anton Skrabl of Brestovec near Rogaska Slatina in Slovenia, his intention being that it should be his flagship instrument in Northern Europe. The Skrabl organ factory is thought to be the largest in Europe and in recent years has produced some exceptionally fine instruments.
The decision to place the order with Anton Skrabl was taken after much research and detailed consideration of a number of the best organ builders in both the UK and in Europe. The 50 rank instrument has forty-one stops spread across three manuals and contains 2242 pipes.
The magnificent new organ case is of European oak and was built in the Skrabl workshops, the exception being the pipe shades which are the carved panels above each group of pipes to the façade of the instrument, and which are a major feature of its design. The pipe shades were created by David West, a local artist and sculptor with an international reputation. David lives and works from his base in Lyme Regis and the pipe shades are a testament to his skill and commitment to the project.
Construction of the new organ began in the spring of 2009 with installation taking place in the autumn of that year. Voicing and tonal finishing was carried out on site and was completed in January 2010. The instrument was dedicated by the then Bishop of Salisbury the Rt.Revd.David Stancliffe.