Anne Page and Paul Binski play the Hallelujah Chorus arranged for two players by John Marsh (1783) at the re-dedication of the 1812 Thaxted Lincoln organ in September last year. The restoration (by Goetze & Gwynn) kept hand-blowing as an option, as you can see, though an electric blower is provided. Generations of bored locals who had been roped in to pump the organ during its long history (it came
I loved what Calgary Philharmonic did recently to promote a November Rush Hour Concert, which included the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony, at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. The poster was good too! (Click on the picture to see it in full.) You can follow Calgary Philharmonic on Twitter, which is where they posted these pictures @CalgaryPhil
Purists might shudder at the new vogue for including LED fairylights in organ rebuilds, but I think they are very much in the tradition of the confident Victorian organ builder, determined to uphold civic pride by including every gizmo going. LEDs are quite clever and discreet – I don’t think you could accuse them of making a fine instrument look like a downmarket fairground attraction, though you may disagree. (They
This month’s pin-up is the wonderfully frilly Hildebrandt Organ at St Wenzel, Naumburg, Germany. Many thanks to Andrew Benson-Wilson for sending me this picture, after he played the organ on a trip earlier this year. Andrew told me “Bach and Silbermann approved the organ, running up an enormous bill for food, alcohol and tobacco during their five-day stay in Naumburg. The stops knobs are original, along with their central paper
I am building up a big picture library, and I thought some of them should get an airing, rather than lurk unseen on my hard drive. So this month’s calendar girl is the gorgeous Mander organ at St Andrew, Holborn, London EC4. See National Pipe Organ Register entry for details.