Dr. Giles Bryant is one of Canada's best-known organists, adjudicators and choral conductors. Having followed Healey Willan at Toronto's famous St. Mary Magdelene Anglican Church and spent many years as Music Director of St. James' Cathedral, Toronto, he was made a Canon of the Anglican Church of Canada. Dr. Bryant attempted to retired several years ago until All Saints' Anglican Church, Peterborough, Ontario, with its reverberant acoustic, good choir, and Gabriel Kney tracker organ was fortunate enough to attract him as their Director of Music.
The Bryants' beautiful Victorian home is in the Ontario countryside some distance from the church and practice time was very limited. A small pipe organ was a possibility in such a large home, but, after acting as consultant for a local church and choosing Phoenix as the best sounding electronic organ, Dr. Bryant decided on a Phoenix organ for his home. It is a custom-built 2 manual drawknob console with 31 stops. For Phoenix Organs it was a welcome challenge to build an organ for such a distinguished organist who at one time worked as a pipe organ builder, is a woodworker, and knows exactly what he wants! Several unique features were added to the console and Phoenix has decided to call this style of organ the 'Weybridge' series after the English birth-place of Giles Bryant.