Programme for Thursday 7th July
0915 We visit Union Chapel, Islington, in north London. The organ was built by Henry Willis in 1877, III/37, with Barker lever, tracker and pneumatic actions; it was restored by Harrison & Harrison in 2013. The organ can still be blown by the original water engines, which we will see in operation. http://www.harrisonorgans.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/London-Union-Chapel-Specification.pdf
1100 ISO General Meeting 2.
1230 Lunch at Union Chapel and then travel to Bethnal Green in London’s East End.
1415 We visit the workshop of Mander Organs.
1615 Travel to Barbican, central London.
1715 St Giles Cripplegate, home of the Royal College of Organists’ Organ School.
The church’s three organs will be demonstrated and inspected, and there will be organ duets:
- The west gallery organ by N P Mander 1971, III/40, including 18th-century pipework.
- Mander Organs 2008, II/15.
- Kenneth Tickell 2009, II/5.
We also expect to show you something very unusual: a recreation of an early English organ, based on a remarkable wind chest discovered in Suffolk, dating from c1530, which provides crucial evidence for English organs of that time. The organ was re-created by Goetze & Gwynn in 2002: ISO members will have the opportunity to blow it. http://www.goetzegwynn.co.uk/organ/the-wingfield-organ/ Dominic Gwynn will give a talk on the early English organ.
2000 Supper nearby before returning to the hotel.
Details are subject to change