Programme for Saturday 9th July
We are offering the following optional programme:
In the morning we plan to visit two beautiful and historic City churches. One has a restored organ of 1705; the other has a modern organ built in 2010. More details will be released later.
This can be followed by a visit either to Holy Trinity Sloane Square, with a demonstration, and inspection of the organ by Harrison & Harrison 2012, IV/71, based on original pipework by J W Walker, 1891 and 1934 http://www.harrisonorgans.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/London-Holy-Trinity-Sloane-Street.pdf
or we travel by train to the Mechanical Music Museum at Kew Bridge http://www.musicalmuseum.co.uk/. Our group visit to the museum is centred around live presentations of instruments including delicate musical boxes, reproducing pianos, organs and self-playing violins. You will be fascinated by the intricate workings of an Orchestrion that recreates the sound of a concert orchestra.
There is an opportunity to attend Choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey, which has been at the centre of English history for 700 years. The organ is by Harrison & Harrison, V/109.
After Evensong we have a private visit to the Chapel of King Henry VII, where there is a new organ by Mander Organs, 2013, II/11. The organ was a gift to Her Majesty the Queen in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of her Coronation, and was presented to the Abbey by The Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the Corporation of London. Before moving to the Abbey, it stood in the Mansion House, where its toy stops ensured merriment at concerts and dinners.
Details are subject to change