Programme for Monday 4th July
0900 We visit the Royal Festival Hall which was built in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. We will be given a demonstration of the 1954 Harrison & Harrison organ, IV/103 with the Curator, Dr William McVicker, followed by a recital. This was the first large neo-classical organ in England, and its epoch-making design caused a sensation in the English musical world. The auditorium has recently been rebuilt, with improved acoustics. The organ has been restored and re-configured to suit the new architectural and acoustic requirements; the original tonal scheme is completely intact. It was re-launched for its 60th anniversary in March 2014.
1145 Talk on ‘The English Organ and its History’ by Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite, author of The Victorian Organ.
1415 After lunch at the Hall, we travel down the River Thames by boat to St Anne’s Church, Three Colt Street, London E14 7HP.
15.30 St Anne’s Church, Limehouse, a fine eighteenth-century church by the renowned architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, has an organ built by Gray & Davison for London’s Great Exhibition of 1851: III/34. It has recently been restored by William Drake.
1700 We travel by DLR and tube to St James’s Church Bermondsey to hear a remarkable organ by James Bishop, 1829, which has a separate manual keyboard to enable a second organist to play the pedals. The organ has been restored by Goetze & Gwynn.
We will hear a demonstration of a nineteenth-century English method of playing Bach’s organ music with three performers!
2015 We end the day with a cruise and supper on the River Thames.
Details are subject to change