Programme for Friday 8th July
0900 We travel south west by coach first to Merton, then to Wimbledon, famous for its Tennis Tournament.
10h00 St Mary’s Church, Merton. The organ was built by Mander Organs in 2015: II/24, mechanical key action. This organ illustrates the typically English challenges of building a versatile organ in a restricted space.
1130 Church of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, south-west London. Organ by J W Walker 1912, III/50. It is a splendid example of English Romantic voicing, and is one of the few remaining organs of its era retaining its original pneumatic action. Restored by Mander Organs in 2011.
1400 We travel by coach to another Royal Palace at Hampton Court. Dramatically situated on the river Thames, it was rebuilt on a grand scale in the early sixteenth century. It was the home of Henry VIII and successive kings and queens for 250 years. The beautiful Chapel Royal is worth a visit in its own right, with a Hill organ, rebuilt by Harrison & Harrison, in a beautiful case by Christopher Schrider, 1710. We will hear music performed by members of the chapel choir, and the organ will be played by the Director of Music, Carl Jackson.
We return to the hotel by coach in preparation for our closing dinner, which will be held in the splendid surroundings of Skinners’ Hall, built in 1670, home of the Worshipful Company of Skinners in the City of London.
Details are subject to change