ISO Congress 2016 London

Programme for Wednesday 6th July


0900    We return to the East End of London to visit Christ Church Spitalfields, which has seen one of the most exciting English organ restoration projects of recent years. The organ by Richard Bridge, 1735, III/37, is the only surviving large English organ from the time of Handel. The firm of William Drake completed the restoration in 2015. The magnificent church, also dating from 1735, was designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Wednesday 6th July

Photo © S.R.B. Humphreys, June 2015

Wednesday 6th July

We walk, or take a bus, to the City of London, with time to explore England’s business and financial centre (the “square mile”). Lunch at individual expense.




1400 We spend the afternoon and evening in St Paul’s Cathedral, the stupendous and fascinating building designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London and completed in 1710. We enjoy a private tour of the upper galleries (not normally open to the public), including the Library and the Great Model of Wren’s preferred design for St Paul’s Cathedral, 1673.

Wednesday 6th July
St Paul's OBE Chapel
St Paul’s OBE Chapel

1600 We hear and inspect the organ in the Chapel of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), in the Undercroft. The organ was built by William Drake in 2012, II/20.

1700 Choral Evensong is sung by the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral.



1815 The Cathedral organ is demonstrated and a recital is given by the Cathedral Organist, Simon Johnson. It was built by Henry Willis in 1872, and enlarged by Willis in 1900 and 1930; N.P.Mander rebuilt it in 1972-7, and Mander Organs did further work in 2008: V/109. The two organ cases, formerly on the choir screen facing east and west, are from Bernard Smith’s organ of 1694, and were divided by Henry Willis in 1872.

The view opposite is of St Paul’s Cathedral looking up

Wednesday 6th July

2000  Supper near St Paul’s Cathedral.

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