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Organ Recital Saturday 11th March at St George’s

Article posted on 14 February 2017 One Comment

Do come and hear our newly refurbished organ at its inaugural recital on Saturday 11th March at 4pm.

Clive Grant will play music by JS Bach, Antonio Soler, Olivier Messiaen, William Walton, Jean Alain and Henri Mulet.

Entry is free.

Thanks to an anonymous and very generous friend of St George’s, the church organ has undergone a comprehensive overhaul and expansion in the last  two years.

Walker & Son Organ Builders, who built the original organ, were commissioned for the re-build.  The original instrument was an ‘extension’ organ, popular in the 1950’s, being both economical on the coffers and in terms of space.  Extension organs use a clever extension principle to create different pitches with a minimum number of pipes, but even at full volume, the previous organ was never really a powerful enough instrument for the space.

Continuing the St George’s ‘green’ ethos from the renewable energy project, many of the original pipes have been retained and reused, and now form part of the swell organ.   The great and pedal organs are newly built with the swell and pedal divisions being balanced to meet a bright and assertive full great chorus. The list of speaking stops has expanded from 19 in the previous instrument to 31; however, the number of pipes has increased from 289 to 935.  The spectacular new ranks of pipes, in beautiful flamed copper, have been re-situated so as not to crowd the west window.

Please do come along, both to see and to hear this beautiful instrument.   We are delighted that Clive Grant, own Organist and Director of Music, will be giving this recital.

One Comment »

  • Norma Murray said:

    Thank you for this insight to the Organ: to have some understanding of the technical make-up of the instrument is an enhancement of the sound we hear.
    The Recital is much anticipated.
    Walker’s are now working on an organ in St Mary Bourne in Hampshire, and the organist from there came to see ours and to play it as an example of what they can do: he was blown away by the quality and range.Those who happened to be in the building that day (a weekday) were treated to a delightful mini-concert.
    Do not miss this Recital!
    On Friday 12th May, Newbury Spring Festival are presenting a Lunch-Time Recital with an organist from London.

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