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'The Albert Hall Nottingham's grand ornate architecture was designed at the turn of the 20th century in the style of an Edwardian music hall. The Great Hall serves as an excellent auditorium for public performances of many genres ... Organ no. 552, a four manual 59 stop instrument, was erected in 1909 in the then Wesleyan Central Mission which was later renamed the Albert Hall. (An almost identical instrument was built for Rochdale Town Hall in 1913.) The instrument cost £4,500 and was financed by Jesse Boot (founder of the Boots Company) as a gift to the City of Nottingham, to be known as the City Organ.'

 

@ Albert Hall Nottingham
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of this Record)948

'The oldest church in the City of London ... We are engaged in a wide range of activities, from education to outreach and social action, and from work with local charities to concerts and exhibitions. We also have links with a number of livery companies and City institutions and seek to serve the business and civic community surrounding us.’

 

@ All Hallows by the Tower
VISITS (to Website)205
VIEWS (of this Record)305

‘The historic church of All Saints, Hastings has a fine Father Willis organ of 1878 ... Every Summer there is a series of 8 organ concerts.’

 

@ All Saints Hastings
VISITS (to Website)64
VIEWS (of this Record)211

'All Saints has a strong musical tradition going back hundreds of years. By the sixteenth century All Saints had a choir which walked in ceremonial processions and sang at special services ...  Over the past half-century the range and quality of music has continued to grow, and in 1988 an organ by the distinguished Danish builder Erik Frobenius was installed, securing All Saints as Kingston’s leading venue for concerts as well as other dramatic and artistic events. The choir continues and is known nationally for the quality of its music making and sings an extensive repertoire. As well as contributing to the worship of the church, it makes broadcasts and recordings, has excellent connections with local schools and has regularly produced choral scholars at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.'

 

@ All Saints Kingston
VISITS (to Website)351
VIEWS (of this Record)380

‘As a proportion of total music composed, religious music has declined in recent centuries - in particular since the mid-20th century - though many composers still work in this area, harnessing the power of music to help communicate, explain and explore religious texts, and to capture some of their spirituality ... All Saints was one of the first Churches in London to use Viennese Masses, and the choir currently sings 11 Masses by Mozart and 7 by Haydn ... In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the revival of traditional liturgical worship within the Church of England from the mid 19th century - of which All Saints was an important part - saw a significant stream of settings from Britain ... The church's repertoire continues to represent a wide cross section of music and worshipers can hear music from the 16th century until the present day - the repertoire embracing such figures as Purcell, Blow, Boyce, Bairstow, Dyson, Harwood, Jackson, Mathias, Walton, Tavener ...’

@ All Saints Margaret Street
VISITS (to Website)274
VIEWS (of this Record)315

'York is full of church buildings, many as old, or even older than ours. Our congregation is highly eclectic with some travelling considerable distances because they enjoy the English Missal. Our main Sung Mass is at 5.30pm, do come and join us when you next visit this fine city. There is also a Low Mass at 10.30am ... At many of the major festivals, we have the privilege of welcoming some of the region’s excellent independent choirs. On such occasions, the choir will sing a choral mass setting and appropriate anthems ...  The church boasts an excellent two-manual pipe organ, built in 1996 by Principal Pipe Organs ... Every summer, the church hosts a series of organ recitals.'

 

 

@ All Saints, North Street York
VISITS (to Website)187
VIEWS (of this Record)418

The Objective of the Ashton Hall Organ Restoration Project  is:’the promotion and restoration of the historic concert pipe organ in Lancaster Town Hall: “This instrument remains one of the few in its original state and clearly demonstrates the outstandingly high quality of craftsmanship, tonal voicing and finishing by Norman & Beard during the 1900’s and beyond. As such, the Ashton Hall Concert Organ is an irreplaceable masterpiece equivalent to, if not superior to, any instrument produced by rival companies at the time. It is simply a ‘lost//forgotten National Musical Treasure’ [Roger Fisher]”.’ ALERT ‘Most concerts are given in the Ashton Hall in Lancaster Town Hall but when this venue is in use for other events the concerts are presented in Lancaster Priory.‘

 

@ Ashton Hall, Lancaster Town Hall
VISITS (to Website)44
Also indexedAHORP: Ashton Hall Organ Restoration Project
VIEWS (of this Record)155

'Built in 1827 incorporating a magnificent steeple rising 225 feet which still dominates the skyline of Ayr Town Centre. The Town Hall can hold up to 700 people and is now used as a regular fantastic venue for many shows and events.' The restored 1904 Lewis & Co organ was awarded a Grade1 “Historic Organ Certificate” in 2013.

 

@ Ayr Town Hall
VISITS (to Website)724
VIEWS (of this Record)916

'Located in the Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln, Bailgate Methodist Church is a traditional church with a variety of weekday activities.' Monthly recitals using the 3-manual and pedals digital organ installed in 2009.

 

@ Bailgate Methodist Church Lincoln
VISITS (to Website)42
VIEWS (of this Record)38

The Choir dates back to the late 17th Century: ‘There are now on average twenty choristers chosen from local primary schools who can travel many miles to attend practice sessions and services. The men – now called lay clerks – come from many walks of life and their number is augmented in term time by students from the University ... The organ is the largest pipe organ in Wales and potentially one of the finest in the British Isles. It provides North Wales with an irreplaceable community asset. It is a splendid four-manual instrument and the majority of its 4,210 pipes were supplied in 1873 by one of the most famous organ building firms of the day, William Hill, with subsequent additions by the same company in 1897. It last received major attention in 1954 when it was re-built by John Compton ...’

 

@ Bangor Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)232
VIEWS (of this Record)340

'We have a long tradition of producing exceptional music, something about which we remain passionate. The Abbey Choirs' performances are world-class, appreciated not just by our own music-loving congregation, but deservedly, further afield, reaching many people through their CD recordings and broadcasts ... Our music programme also extends to singing training, concerts and performance workshops for local schoolchildren ... The Abbey promotes three series of Organ Concerts during the year ...'

 

 

@ Bath Abbey
VISITS (to Website)236
Also indexedBath Abbey Music Society
VIEWS (of this Record)389

‘The Cathedral is proud to be the only church in Northern Ireland to offer visitors and congregation members a pattern of daily sung services, and we are particularly proud of the musical education we offer to our choristers. Our boy and girl choristers are drawn from schools all over Belfast, and come to the Cathedral between two and five times a week for rehearsals, services, singing lessons and music theory instruction ... Belfast Cathedral is frequently used for the staging of events – big and small. The cathedral’s unique atmosphere makes it an ideal venue for seated dinners, receptions, musical performances, and more.’

 

@ Belfast Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)402
VIEWS (of this Record)273

‘Music is at the very heart of the Cathedral and is a centre of excellence for both sacred and secular music. The acoustic of the building is superb and we hope you will agree that it is a very fine performance space indeed in which to enjoy your lunch! The Lunchtime Recitals are just a part of the rich variety of performances which take place at the cathedral through the year.’

@ Birmingham Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)355
VIEWS (of this Record)260

'For more than 180 years, Town Hall has been a hub of civic and cultural life in Birmingham. From classical to comedy to rock to pop, it’s now one of the city’s most versatile venues ... Famous classical premieres include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, The Kingdom and The Music Makers ... The organ’s reputation as one of England’s finest historical instruments has been confirmed by the excellence and reputation of the Birmingham City Organists who have continued to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility.'

 

@ Birmingham Town Hall
VISITS (to Website)406
VIEWS (of this Record)488

‘The Friends of Blackburn Cathedral Music (FoBCM) aims to supplement the provision of Liturgical music at the Cathedral through an ambitious concert series at the Cathedral, providing not only wonderful education opportunities for Cathedral Choristers to sing great choral works with leading orchestras (chiefly the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the period instrument ensemble, The 18th Century Sinfonia), but also enriching the spiritual and cultural experiences of local people ... Blackburn Cathedral is blessed with a world-class Organ, built by JW Walker and rebuilt by Wood of Huddersfield. This is not only showcased to great effect through its use as an inspirational liturgical instrument, but also through the many recordings that have been made and in the regular lunchtime concerts and organ meditations that have taken place throughout the year.‘

 

@ Blackburn Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)253
Also indexedFriends of Blackburn Cathedral Music
VIEWS (of this Record)490

'Not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of sporting and cultural events throughout the year ... On selected dates, visitors can enjoy recitals on our Willis Organ that bring the history and scale of Blenheim Palace to life ... This organ is the largest organ in private ownership in Europe, with four manuals and pedals, 2300 pipes and 53 speaking stops ... The Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music is the best boutique festival in the country.' (Has been held Mid October.)

@ Blenheim Palace
VISITS (to Website)398
Also indexedBlenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music
VIEWS (of this Record)331

'The Bloomsbury acoustic is ideal for music of all kinds, both instrumental and vocal. The curved pews provide a feeling of intimacy wholly in accord with the ethos of chamber music. In order to capitalise on these assets, three series of Wednesday recitals take place annually ... The artists are drawn mainly, though not exclusively, from the London music colleges or their recent graduates ... Many of Britain's leading concert and cathedral organists have performed on the organ in recent years ...'

 

@ Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church
VISITS (to Website)215
VIEWS (of this Record)402

Hold series of ‘Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts’ and ‘Saturday Morning Organ Recitals’.

 

@ Bolton Parish Church
VISITS (to Website)310
VIEWS (of this Record)460

‘The Bournemouth Pavilion and Ballroom is Bournemouth’s stunning Art Deco theatre providing year-round entertainment for everyone. The 1920s venue has retained its splendour and elegant style and is Bournemouth’s regular home for West End stage shows, Opera, Ballet, Pantomime and Comedy ... Our Compton Pipe Organ was built & installed in the Grade 2 listed Pavilion Theatre in 1929. The Compton Organ is still played today.’

 

@ Bournemouth Pavilion
VISITS (to Website)241
VIEWS (of this Record)176

‘A vibrant place of worship and music making. The Cathedral Choir, with its subsections of boys, girls, lay clerks and an adult consort, leads the choral worship at the Cathedral, as well as touring, recording and broadcasting ... Wednesday @ 1 Organ Recitals take place weekly throughout the year from late-January to mid-July and again from mid-September to early-December, featuring the Cathedral's renowned pipe organ, and the Cathedral plays host to many other ensembles and soloists through the year as part of a lively arts programme. Monthly Tuesday Coffee Concerts, accompanied by coffee and cake, add further to the live music on offer at Bradford Cathedral.’

 

@ Bradford Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)200
VIEWS (of this Record)386

'Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A. (1867 - 1956) is celebrated as one of Britain's most prolific and versatile artists. His work is internationally acclaimed and the huge British Empire Panels in Swansea are amongst the most important examples of his decorative work on a large scale. The Brangwyn Hall at the Guildhall, Swansea is renowned as a major concert hall and conference centre, and is enhanced by these unique magnificent panels.'

@ Brangwyn Hall
VISITS (to Website)237
VIEWS (of this Record)462

'The purpose of this magnificent Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist is to worship God. We pray here every day, following the pattern of St Benedict. The Cathedral welcomes everyone who passes through, if you are visiting as a tourist, come to offer your personal prayers and light a candle, or interested in history, architecture or stained glass windows. There are many things to see and learn about ... Events in the Cathedral including: Eucharist, Evening Prayer, Bell Ringing Practise, Organ Rehearsals, Bell Ringers and more ...'

 

@ Brecon Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)316
VIEWS (of this Record)420

’The Cathedral hosts a popular series of Lunchtime Concerts; our Programme is varied including regular Organ Recitals, especially by students from the Royal College of Music, London. In addition, we welcome performances from soloists and ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. Our recitals provide a wonderful opportunity to listen to beautiful music in splendid surroundings and to enjoy refreshments afterwards in the Song School.’

 

@ Brentwood Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)209
VIEWS (of this Record)293

‘The Cathedral is a venue for a host of interesting musical events, from major concerts with national choirs to intimate lunchtime recitals with just a piano and singer ... For nearly 900 years, the walls of Bristol Cathedral have been alive with sound; sacred choral music, rich teaching, sell-out concerts and whispered words of private prayer. Our choir has reached new levels of excellence, providing some of the city’s highest quality music each week and providing hundreds of children from each generation with the best foundation of musical training. However, the quality of this sound is at risk. Find out about our ambitious plans to keep the building full of music ...’

 

@ Bristol Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)143
VIEWS (of this Record)291

‘Music is an integral part of the worship and life of our church. Bromley Parish Church has a strong musical tradition with an excellent choir, magnificent organ and bellringers and hosts a range of recitals during the year ... The pages in the Music section will give you a good appreciation of our activities. The Event pages also give further details.’

 

@ Bromley Parish Church
VISITS (to Website)181
VIEWS (of this Record)253

'Music plays an important role in the life of the Abbey, whether it be Gregorian Chant sung by the Monastic Community at the Daily Office, or choral music sung by the Abbey Choir at the Solemn Mass. The Abbey is a centre of musical activity in Devon, with a popular series of concerts and organ recitals.'

 

@ Buckfast Abbey
VISITS (to Website)29
VIEWS (of this Record)75

'Dundee’s main Concert and Event venue, located in the heart of the City. The building is Grade A listed and has a Visitscotland 4 star Theatre award ... The magnificent Harrison & Harrison organ in the Caird Hall is one of Dundee’s cultural jewels. It has been hailed by eminent recitalists as “the finest concert organ in Scotland” and it ranks among a handful of outstanding organs in the world. The Friends of the Caird Hall Organ promote and support the organ so that as many people as possible can hear and enjoy its glorious sound. The Friends arrange recitals, concerts, educational projects and other events involving the organ.'

 

@ Caird Hall
VISITS (to Website)119
Also indexedFriends of the Caird Hall Organ
VIEWS (of this Record)411

'Each summer we host a summer series of organ concerts. We’re proud of the instrument and enjoy hearing a a variety of talented organists play. Everyone is welcome, and no admission fee is charged. A collection is taken at the end to which donations are welcome but not obligatory ... The organ is located at the front of the church in a large gallery with a fine case in Spanish mahogany with five towers and four flats. Most of the pipes in the case date from 1841 and have decoration of a similar style to the Hill work at York Minster.'

 

 

@ Central Methodist Church York
VISITS (to Website)216
VIEWS (of this Record)346

‘As a fully functioning church, 20+ services take place each week within our walls. The multiple choirs that call the cathedral home are integral to the duties of worship and have transformed the very heart of an inspiring and vibrant community ... Each Thursday at 1.10pm the cathedral hosts a recital of the Grand Organ. Each week features a different organist and a different repertoire of music. Highly-skilled organists from all over the world play during these recitals along with our own renowned Music Department.‘

 

@ Chester Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)145
VIEWS (of this Record)370

’The Parish Church is the largest church in Derbyshire and is famous locally and internationally for its crooked spire, attracting visitors from around the world ... The Choir has a varied repertoire; anthems and service settings are sung, from medieval to modern, accompanied and unaccompanied. There is always a different choral setting for the Sunday Sung Eucharist, and Sunday Choral Evensong consists of settings of the canticles, responses and an anthem.’ The Church is also used as a venue for a wide variety of concerts and recitals, including regular series of Thursday Lunchtime Recitals.

 

@ Chesterfield Parish Church
VISITS (to Website)98
VIEWS (of this Record)208

‘Now the only church used for regular services in the old City ... We are a very traditional church, and our services, with very few exceptions, accord to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Our Bible readings are exclusively from the Authorised Version, and we enjoy a very high standard of preaching from our Priest in Charge and several visiting clergy. We have an eclectic congregation who come from all parts of the City and beyond, to enjoy the dignity of our form of worship, the tradition of good preaching and music ... The organ, first mentioned in 1552 ‘has its own distinctive voice, and speaks with a definite "Old English" accent. It is perhaps fortuitous that at Christ Church, things change slowly’.

 

@ Christ Church Bristol City
VISITS (to Website)79
VIEWS (of this Record)217

‘Talented musicians and organists from Surrey, London and further afield give lunchtime recitals in the Nave every Monday from 12:40 – 1:20pm. Organ recitals and music recitals (ranging from piano to trumpet, violin to voice) are on alternate weeks. Do join us on your lunch break!’

 

@ Christ Church Woking
VISITS (to Website)390
VIEWS (of this Record)1576

'The Priory is a popular venue for concerts. The unique atmosphere and spacious acoustic make it an ideal place to enjoy a wide variety of music ...There is a large scale evening concert on at least one Saturday each month ... The popular series of organ concerts takes place weekly on Thursdays, with 10 concerts each term ... In the summer months, we promote a series of Celebrity Organ Recitals on Wednesday evenings ...'

 

@ Christchurch Priory
VISITS (to Website)574
VIEWS (of this Record)523

'Colchester Town Hall’s majestic Edwardian organ is at the heart of the town’s musical life, featuring in lunchtime recitals, concerts, civic ceremonies and weddings. First installed by Norman & Beard in 1902, a Heritage Lottery Fund-sponsored restoration was completed in 2015, enabling the Moot Hall Organ to be heard and enjoyed by people of all ages and by future generations.'

 

@ Colchester Moot Hall
VISITS (to Website)206
VIEWS (of this Record)456

‘Come and hear some of the finest music around from our choirs and organ! In addition, the Cathedral is a fantastic venue for a wide range of concerts, events and special occasions ... Explore using our space for your own event in what is widely acknowledged as one of the premier venues in the West Midlands.’

 

@ Coventry Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)209
VIEWS (of this Record)324

Croydon Minster has over 90 singers involved in four choirs. The Choir of Men & Boys, the Girls' Choir, the Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks sing five choral services each week, give regular concerts throughout the year, and have toured, broadcast and recorded. The church boasts a fine 4-manual organ by the celebrated 19th century organ-builder William Hill, and has a distinguished track record of sending young organists to Oxbridge and music colleges.‘

 

@ Croydon Minster
VISITS (to Website)136
VIEWS (of this Record)194

'The Minster continues the rich history, spanning back to medieval times, of providing excellent choral and organ music to enhance our worship ... The "Mighty" Schulze organ is a major asset and attraction for visitors from all around the UK and across the world.'

 

@ Doncaster Minster
VISITS (to Website)326
VIEWS (of this Record)385

'The Cathedral Choir sings eight services per week. It has twenty girl and twenty boy Choristers and twelve men, continuing a centuries-old English tradition — indeed the choir can trace its roots back through many centuries. Concerts, recordings and broadcasts have broadened its reputation far afield, but its raison d'être remains the daily singing of choral services here in the Cathedral' ... The Main Organ 'Concept, design, placing, voicing and environment combine to make it one of the most triumphantly successful organs of the English-speaking world, a legend in its own lifetime'.

 

@ Durham Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)240
VIEWS (of this Record)490

’The Music Department is committed to working in the community and as such we have a long-established choral society open to all, conducted by the director of music. This choir perform a variety of concerts each year, many raising money for charities such as Age UK, Hope House and Severn Hospice. In recent years we have forged strong partnerships and shared the stage with Oswestry Sinfonia and Porthwaen Silver Band, both local instrumental ensembles. We host a recital series each year that showcases the wonderful sounds of the Chapel organ and the rare Schulze Organ in Big School. Music is an integral part of life at Ellesmere College and we value the talent, enthusiasm and dedication displayed by all our students.‘

 

@ Ellesmere College
VISITS (to Website)184
Also indexedSchulze Organ
VIEWS (of this Record)231

Fulneck Moravian Church is a busy congregation with activities for all ages and various interests ,,, The Settlement overlooks the Tong and Fulneck Valley near Leeds in West Yorkshire. It is a site of great historic interest, dating back to 1743, but remains an active community with many residents and different organisations ... The Fulneck Moravian Church organ was originally built and installed by Johannes Snetzler in 1748 ... In 2016 a major renovation was carried out by Wood of Huddersfield. The organ was brought to modern concert pitch and can now be used to accompany other instruments.’

@ Fulneck Moravian Church
VISITS (to Website)185
VIEWS (of this Record)240

‘The special concerts at Gillingham Methodist Church started in 2004 as part of our appeal to raise money for the restoration of our beloved Sweetland organ. The restoration is complete, but the concerts continue! In 2008 we re-launched ourselves as Music at GMC.  Our aim is to bring top-quality music to Gillingham and the surrounding area by inviting local musicians and wider-known celebrity musicians to come and perform at GMC. With this in mind, we extend a warm welcome to all. We hope that you will enjoy our latest concert offerings and that we will see you at some of our events.’

 

@ Gillingham Methodist Church
VISITS (to Website)259
Also indexedMusic at GMC
VIEWS (of this Record)1892

‘At the heart of the University stands the peaceful and magnificent Memorial Chapel. Created as a vibrant memorial to love and remembrance, the Chapel is a place of beauty for both worship and celebration ... The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir provides music for services and events in the chapel and elsewhere, as well as giving concerts and recitals throughout the academic year ... The Chapel Organ was built by Henry Willis III in 1927 and was most recently recently refurbished by Harrison & Harrison of Durham in 2005 ... A full and varied programme of organ recitals take place.’

 

@ Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
VISITS (to Website)68
VIEWS (of this Record)164

'Music is integral to our daily worship and Evensong is sung by either the Cathedral Choir or the Youth Choir every day except Monday during term time, and occasionally by visiting choirs during the school holidays ... The Cathedral also hosts an exciting range of concerts and there is an annual organ recital series. Every year the Cathedral Choir takes part in the world famous Three Choirs Festival which comes to Gloucester every three years, being held in the cathedrals of Worcester and Hereford in the other years.'

 

@ Gloucester Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of this Record)362

‘The Priory has a strong musical tradition. We have a talented Director of Music, strong choirs and dedicated organists who lead the music. The Priory Choir consists of adults and children while the Priory Singers is a mixed voice choir for adults. In addition, we enjoy the resources of a mixed-age orchestra, a Praise Group and a nascent Worship Band ... The organ is widely used by the church and the community in general; some five civic services and ten local school services per year are held, as well as concerts, organ recitals and teaching sessions.‘

@ Great Malvern Priory
VISITS (to Website)251
VIEWS (of this Record)410

‘Music is a central part of our life here at Great St Mary's. We hold a commitment to the highest standards we can achieve and also seek to include all who want to participate — we pride ourselves on our open and welcoming atmosphere. Great St. Mary’s has a dual role as a Parish church, and church to the University of Cambridge.  As such, it has always attracted musicians of the highest calibre. Our majestic and beautiful sanctuary is one of few to boast two fine pipe organs, which are often used together for special services. We are blessed to have five choirs, an orchestra, the Michaelhouse Chorale, and recitals throughout the year ... The Academy of Great St. Mary’s embraces a wide range of musical activities taking place at the church. This includes orchestral and choral concerts, organ recitals, workshops, “come and sing” and other music education activities.‘

 

@ Great St Mary’s Cambridge
VISITS (to Website)103
Also indexedAcademy of Great St Mary’s
VIEWS (of this Record)237

'Grimsby Minster welcomes all who come here – as worshippers and pilgrims, or as visitors to our programme of concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances. Enjoy browsing our site and get to know our rich variety of people, events and opportunities and find out more about what happens in this wonderful place. Established in 2010, Grimsby Minster was founded upon the ancient parish church of St James, Great Grimsby. We are one of the new breed of Urban Minsters and as such we are committed to serving the needs of our borough.' Musical offerings include a monthly series of lunchtime organ recitals.

 

@ Grimsby Minster
VISITS (to Website)35
VIEWS (of this Record)38

‘Founded in 1730, the Grosvenor Chapel is an Anglican Church in Mayfair providing a place of worship and stunning venue for concerts and events ...  In 1991 ... William Drake of Buckfastleigh, Devon ... built a new organ in a broadly 18th c. English style. The Great has the traditional long compass and all pipework is new except for the treble of the Swell Stopped Diapason. The original Jordan front pipes survive, but were not used in 1991 as they are not at “modern” pitch. The organ is tuned to an unequal temperament and has mechanical action for keys, pedals and stops. The console was modelled on surviving 18th c examples and the pedalboard is flat and straight. Soundboards are of traditional construction with no modern materials, and the action is unbushed. The case was remade and restored by William Drake.’ 

@ Grosvenor Chapel
VISITS (to Website)598
Also indexedMayfair Organ Concerts
VIEWS (of this Record)488

‘Music is and always has been at the heart of Guildford Cathedral, inspiring worshippers and visitors alike. Through the Cathedral’s choir and organists, we sustain the great English tradition of daily choral worship. We also host regular musical events and concerts. as well as providing new skills and experiences to local school children through musical workshops and outreach activities.’

 

@ Guildford Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)131
VIEWS (of this Record)250

'This beautiful building is the home of a community which has worshipped and worked together here continuously for well over 1,300 years. It is a place where the mission of the Church to proclaim Christ's love is central, and therefore the community has always welcomed visitors. We all hope that you enjoy your visit ... Hereford Cathedral is home to three organs: the world-famous "Father" Willis organ, the movable festival organ, and a single-manual chamber organ.'

 

@ Hereford Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)322
VIEWS (of this Record)379

Host a regular series of concerts and recitals: ‘The church’s greatest treasure is the Handel organ. From 1718-1720, Handel was director of music to James Brydges, Duke of Chandos, and commissioned the building of this organ for the Duke’s new house on the Canons estate at Edgware, Middlesex. The builders, Abraham Jordan and his son, were the first to enclose the pipes of the swell organ in a wooden box with a sliding shutter in its front which could be opened and closed by means of a pedal, regulating the volume of sound produced ... Although it has since undergone extensive restoration, four of the stops on the great organ and five on the choir organ are original Jordan work’.

 

@ Holy Trinity Gosport
VISITS (to Website)205
VIEWS (of this Record)162

‘This impressive building in the heart of Huddersfield welcomes one and all to its concerts, events, functions and meetings. Within the imposing Town Hall is a spectacular concert hall which seats up to 1200 people and hosts numerous events ranging from classical to comedy and from choral to community events ... Concerts include sumptuous orchestral music from Yorkshire's very own symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, dynamic lunchtime organ concerts and uplifting chamber concerts‘ - all these part of the Kirklees Concert Season (with some events held at other Town Halls within the Kirklees Council area).

@ Huddersfield Town Hall
VISITS (to Website)206
Also indexedKirklees Concert Season
VIEWS (of this Record)488

Hull City Hall offers a wide range of events each year, hosting top international names in contemporary live music as well as headline comedy acts, the world’s leading orchestras, celebrities, adventurers, drama, musicals, opera and more ... In 1911, the organ, built by Forster and Andrews of Hull, was installed in the main hall. This was controversial as some considered it too big for the space and it was only allowed to go ahead after a Government inquiry. Today it remains one of the largest working organs in use in the country.’

 

@ Hull City Hall
VISITS (to Website)134
VIEWS (of this Record)472

‘Opened in 1901 and is a firm favourite with local people and visitors. It has stunning architecture and a family friendly atmosphere ... Enjoy an organ recital, a free tour or at weekends and holidays take part in one of our family activities.’ Daily lunchtime organ recitals.

 

@ Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
VISITS (to Website)139
VIEWS (of this Record)282

Kendal Parish Church is a beautiful setting for many concerts and musical events throughout the year.’ Includes a series of Friday lunchtime organ recitals with proceeds to the Organ Restoration Fund.

 

@ Kendal Parish Church
VISITS (to Website)170
VIEWS (of this Record)201

King’s Lynn Minster possesses a fine four-part choir performing, to a high standard, repertoire that spans from the 16th century to the present day ... The Minster organ is one of the most written about organs and it is without doubt a landmark in the development of organ building in this country. John Snetzler’s first large instrument, only ever exceeded by a small margin, by his organ for Beverley Minster, this organ was acclaimed the finest in the country – a claim too often made for many organs, but in this case, one affirmed by Holdich when he repaired and added pedals to the organ 100 years later. It established Snetzler’s reputation as the leading organ builder of the second half of the 18th century and organ maker to the King ...’

 

@ King's Lynn Minster
VISITS (to Website)323
VIEWS (of this Record)342

‘Apart from the “Concerts at Kings” and “Easter at King's” series, King's hosts a number of concerts, mostly during term time. These concerts include those organised by the King’s College Music Society (KCMS).’ There is also a series of frequent organ recitals, plus of course events around and about Christmas.

 

@ King’s College Chapel Cambridge
VISITS (to Website)71
Also indexedKing’s College Music Society
VIEWS (of this Record)145

Leeds Cathedral is one of the finest Catholic Cathedrals in England ... The Cathedral has five dedicated choirs which perform in rotation, singing at a total of eight services each week ... The new organ in the Cathedral is a large romantic style instrument by Johannes Klais Orgelbau of Bonn, and was inaugurated in May 2010.‘ The Cathedral hosts an extensive series of concerts and recitals, including a set of ‘masterclasses with some of the world’s most distinguished professors of organ, in addition to lunchtime recitals and evening concerts’ promoted as the Leeds International Organ Festival

@ Leeds Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)98
VIEWS (of this Record)227

'The present building was erected in 1841 and from early times was known for its outstanding music. This continues to the present day as the Minster community celebrates the English Sacred Choral Tradition as one of the key features of how we seek to structure our approach to worship within the mainstream of the ongoing Anglican tradition ... One of the most famous instruments in Britain (and certainly one of those most broadcast and recorded), the organ at St Peter-at-Leeds was first installed in the medieval church in 1713 ... The instrument as we have it today is, in essence, a Harrison speaking with a Harrison voice – though with a pronounced and unique ambience of its own ... From the South Transept location, the organist is placed between the Choir and the Congregation – a position which presents formidable challenges of vocal and instrumental balance but which is utterly invaluable in terms of congregational choral and accompaniment with the object of enhancing the liturgy – which is, after all, the main purpose of the instrument.'

 

@ Leeds Minster
VISITS (to Website)201
Also indexedLeeds Parish Church
VIEWS (of this Record)349

Leicester Cathedral can be booked to hold special services and public events (e.g. concerts, lectures, receptions etc.), subject to availability, all year round. For most events the Cathedral’s capacity is between 300 and 400.’ The Cathedral hosts a range of concerts and recitals including a regular series of lunchtime concerts.

@ Leicester Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)215
VIEWS (of this Record)327

'The worship of Lichfield Cathedral has been enriched by music for over 700 years. We continue to preserve the great English choral tradition in the regular singing of Choral Evensong and in our Sunday Choral Eucharist. The Cathedral also regularly plays host to a great variety of other musical events featuring both local and national performers ... The Hill Organ at Lichfield Cathedral is a truly wonderful instrument and we continue to show-off its versatility ... featuring some of the country’s finest virtuoso players.'

 

@ Lichfield Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)267
VIEWS (of this Record)386

‘We welcome everyone and strongly encourage you, whatever your own beliefs or background, to join us by taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to empty yourself of care and reflect on the wonder and vastness of this magical place, whilst listening to some of the most exquisite music to be heard anywhere in the world ... The choir sings Evensong every day except Wednesday during choir term with a sung Eucharist and Mattins in addition each Sunday and the choir also performs in concert throughout the year ... Lincoln Cathedral Consort is the mixed-voice, volunteer chamber choir of Lincoln Cathedral, who perform services and concerts at the Cathedral and around the Diocese ... The organ is admired by organists from all over the world. Organ concerts are held regularly in the Cathedral ...’

 

@ Lincoln Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)181
VIEWS (of this Record)399

'Great cathedral, the largest in the whole of the UK and the fifth largest in the world ... Our magnificent organ and enthralling choral voices ensure that we have the highest quality of worship music you are likely to find ... Inspirational: Iconic: Unforgettable ... From classical concerts to sophisticated dinners, plays to pop music ...'

 

@ Liverpool Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of this Record)436

‘The Cathedral Music Department is responsible for providing music at eight services every week in term time, plus numerous extra services when called upon to mark a particular occasion. This work is shared between the Cathedral’s three choirs and four organists under the guidance of the Director of Music ... The largest Catholic place of worship in the UK, and one of Liverpool’s most instantly recognisable buildings, the Cathedral is a spiritual hub, much loved by Catholics, people of faith, and visitors of all creeds, and all nations.‘

 

@ Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)172
VIEWS (of this Record)307

‘The Choir of Merton College has established itself as one of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs. The choir consists of 30 undergraduates and post-graduates, many of whom hold choral scholarships at the College. Members of the choir read a wide range of subjects, and some members of the choir are students at other colleges. The main focus of the choir’s work is the singing of the services in Merton College Chapel where, in addition to Choral Evensong, special services such as the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Carol Services and the Requiem Mass for All Souls have a large following. The choir continues to build its reputation worldwide through numerous international tours, broadcasts and recordings ... In a golden age of organ-building, the College’s new Dobson instrument stands out as exceptional. It is only the third American-built organ sent to the UK since the Second World War, a bold commissioning choice.’

@ Merton College Chapel Oxford
VISITS (to Website)168
Also indexedPassiontide at Merton
VIEWS (of this Record)304

‘Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, it houses Wales’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.’ The Friends of National Museum Wales arrange ‘monthly public lectures on topics of artistic, historical and scientific interest, and other activities such as concerts and “behind the scenes” Museum visits’. Includes recitals on the ‘magnificent Williams-Wynn Wynnstay 18th century organ’.

 

@ National Museum Cardiff
VISITS (to Website)65
VIEWS (of this Record)171

‘A thriving venue for live music, with an annual programme of concerts and recitals that features our own musicians, as well as visiting soloists, groups and ensembles. Throughout the year the choirs of Norwich Cathedral regularly perform large-scale works in the Cathedral, often accompanied by the period instrumentalists of Norwich Baroque. We also regularly host Live Music Nights at the Refectory, celebrating the best talent from the local music scene ... We stage free organ recitals throughout the year. You are invited you to come and enjoy the organ’s glorious sound and watch the performers as they play.‘

 

@ Norwich Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)136
VIEWS (of this Record)295

‘Opened by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on 12 May 1897, Oxford Town Hall is a Victorian Grade II* listed building which hosts over 2,000 events throughout the year ... Oxford Town Hall welcomes you to listen and enjoy our world famous Father Willis organ played by the city's finest organists.’  The Events Calendar features a range of other concerts and recitals.

 

@ Oxford Town Hall
VISITS (to Website)66
VIEWS (of this Record)162

‘Perfect for larger events, our beautiful Victorian Concert Hall provides a grand and atmospheric backdrop to your wedding, banquet, conference, exhibition and more. The grand cantilevered balcony provides additional seating without the pillars to block the views of those seated beneath, all the while retaining an intimate feel. Pride of place is the magnificent Father Willis Organ, recently refurbished, it is one of the best examples of its kind in the country, and has delighted audiences for generations.’

 

@ Reading Town Hall
VISITS (to Website)58
Also indexedReading Concert Hall
VIEWS (of this Record)178

‘A beautiful, ancient church with a history reaching back to the 7th Century. It is a mother church for the Diocese of Leeds and home for the cathedra (throne) of the Bishop of Leeds. The Cathedral is an active, living Church with a community of Christians who seek to make worship a priority for life and to reach out in service to the wider community ... The music at Ripon Cathedral costs £250,000 each year [2018] and this will continue to increase. The costs include the salaries of the Director of Music, the Assistant Director of Music, an Organ Scholar, 6 Lay Clerks, 48 Boy and Girl Choristers, music tuition, singing lessons, choir robes, and sheet music. The Ripon Cathedral Music Trust was set up to raise £5 million to help sustain the Music at Ripon Cathedral ...’

 

@ Ripon Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)208
VIEWS (of this Record)454

‘We play host to an extensive series of concerts throughout the year organised by Music in Romsey. Musicians involved range from local choirs and bands to international soloists and orchestras ... The width of the our nave means that we can accommodate a full symphony orchestra.’

@ Romsey Abbey
VISITS (to Website)356
Also indexedMusic in Romsey
VIEWS (of this Record)465

‘The School is well known for its musical excellence and music is embedded in the School’s wider culture and ethos. The facilities offered through the Music School are outstanding, with a concert hall, recital rooms, practice rooms, recording studio, music technology suite ... Over 400 pupils learn to play at least one instrument and there is an orchestra, 80-strong chapel choir, chamber choir, ceremonial marching band, concert band, big band and numerous ensembles, including many rock and pop groups ... Situated beside the Music School is the magnificent 1930s chapel which is of cathedral proportions and has seating for over 1000 people. It is famed for its exceptional four-manual “romantic” organ and the smaller two-manual “classical” instrument.’

 

@ Royal Hospital School
VISITS (to Website)127
VIEWS (of this Record)191

'The Cathedral has three choirs: the majority of the Cathedral's services are led by the Cathedral Choir, which consists of boy or girl Choristers, and Lay Vicars. The Cathedral's musical liturgy is also upheld by the Cathedral Chamber Choir, consisting of mixed voices, and the Cathedral Junior Choir, for younger voices. Salisbury has been well known for the lead that it gives in liturgy, and music has always played an important part in the Cathedral's worship ... The "Father" Willis Organ is central to worship at our Cathedral. From the quietest organ piece played at a weekday evensong, to the thrilling accompaniment of thousands of congregation members singing hymns over the Christmas period, our famous instrument has fulfilled this role for over 130 years. It is continually sought after by recitalists and recording companies, and is widely regarded as one of Willis’s great cathedral organs.'

 

@ Salisbury Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)238
VIEWS (of this Record)483

'A world-renowned venue for visiting orchestras, theatrical groups and our very own Selby Abbey Choir. The Abbey offers a packed calendar of events and special concerts throughout the year. The backdrop of this ancient and wonderful Abbey Church ensures the experience is both atmospheric and memorable .. The organ of Selby Abbey is one of the finest romantic instruments in Britain. It was built in 1909 by William Hill & Son ... and represented a high point in the course of the British craft that was soon to be lost ... By 2012, the organ had already become regularly unreliable and the rate of deterioration made it clear that it was nearing the end of its active life. It had been patched and repaired a number of times but the moment had finally come for a complete restoration to ensure the glorious sound of this world famous organ could be heard by generations to come ...'

 

@ Selby Abbey
VISITS (to Website)466
VIEWS (of this Record)314

‘The Abbey is available to a wide variety of choirs, orchestras and instrumental groups for concerts and recitals. Our main aim is to offer concerts of a high quality. Approximately twelve concerts are held per year and dates therefore tend to be booked well in advance, often two years, so we advise you to make any enquiries in good time ... The Abbey's magnificent pipe organ occupies a loft in the North Transept. It was originally built in 1856 by Gray & Davidson to a specification similar to their exhibit at the Great Exhibition of 1851 ... A major rebuild and improvement of the organ was carried out by Kenneth Tickell & Co. in 2004/5, most notably adding the Nave division, which sits below the great west window.’

 

@ Sherborne Abbey
VISITS (to Website)462
VIEWS (of this Record)276

‘Throughout the twentieth century the Abbey has been served by a number of talented and dedicated musicians who have built upon these historic foundations and have produced a choir which regularly sings cathedral-style services to the very highest standards ... Shrewsbury Abbey is fortunate in having a fine William Hill & Sons organ, installed in 1911. This organ was designed for the restored and extended Abbey (John Loughborough Pearson’s 1890s work), and was also designed to fit into a large space to the north side of the new Chancel. Hill was one of the two foremost organ builders of the time and his organs are found in many of the UK’s cathedrals and churches.’

 

@ Shrewsbury Abbey
VISITS (to Website)85
VIEWS (of this Record)138

'The UK’s largest arts centre, founded with the Festival of Britain in 1951. It’s a place where people experience world-class art and culture that stimulates, inspires, educates and amazes. Our festival programme encompasses art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. It reaches 6.25 million people a year, and encompasses over 5,000 events featuring world-class artists from across the globe.'

@ Southbank Centre
VISITS (to Website)129
Also indexedPurcell Room | Queen Elizabeth Hall | Royal Festival Hall
VIEWS (of this Record)442

'Southwark Cathedral is a popular venue for concerts and recitals ... The Cathedral ... has boasted a fine Choir of boys and men for many years, offering pupils at day schools, both independent and state, the opportunity to learn music in the unique English Cathedral tradition. They have become well known through their broadcasts, tours and recordings. As part of the Millennium Project, marking the year 2000, Southwark Cathedral Girls' Choir was formed, on similar lines to the boys, to enrich the Cathedral's musical heritage and to offer the same opportunity for musical, spiritual and social development ... The Cathedral's organ was built by Lewis & Co. of Ferndale Road, Brixton, south London, and completed in 1897 ... The stop list is now as Lewis left it, except for the Viola 4' which was retained because it was a gift in memoriam.'

 

@ Southwark Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)137
VIEWS (of this Record)462

‘Said by many to be the best kept secret among the forty-two English cathedrals, it is a gem. The Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is popularly known, as it has been for centuries, as Southwell Minster ... As the Cathedral Church of Nottinghamshire it seeks to serve diverse communities from the farms of the Dukeries in the north, with mining and ex-mining towns, and in the south the colourful city of Nottingham with its industry, universities and teaching hospitals of international repute. This stunning place still brings visitors to their knees in wonder and awe to glimpse the glory of God. The thriving community here at the Minster invites you to come and see Southwell Minster for yourself and enjoy its charm and peace. You will be most welcome ...’

 

@ Southwell Minster
VISITS (to Website)235
VIEWS (of this Record)363

'Music has been integral to the liturgy and central to the life of the Cathedral for centuries. This strong musical tradition is continued today with a Cathedral Choir of boys and male lay-clerks, an Abbey Girls' Choir, parish and young people's choirs and an orchestra ... The revolutionary design of the Cathedral Organ and the inception of the International Organ Festival and Competition by Peter Hurford (then Master of the Music), raised the profile of choral and organ music at the Cathedral, and consolidated the worldwide reputation of the Cathedral's musical foundation.'

 

 

@ St Albans Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)160
VIEWS (of this Record)352

'Music plays a large part in the life of St Ann's Church. Concerts and recitals are frequent events and we have regular performances of chamber music and piano recitals by students of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) ... The organ, which dates from 1730, was originally on the West Gallery. It has grown over the years and is now a fine instrument with 54 speaking stops on which recitals are given every week. It was rebuilt by George Sixsmith & Co of Mossley in 1996.'

 

@ St Ann's Manchester
VISITS (to Website)470
VIEWS (of this Record)439

‘Music plays an enormous and vital role in the life of St Bride's. Central to this is the work of our professional choir of 12 adult singers, which sings at morning and evening services every Sunday throughout the year and also provides an enormous variety of music for weddings, funerals, memorial services and carol services ... Although liturgical music remains at the heart of what we do, there are numerous musical events apart from the regular choral services ... The effect of all music in the church can sometimes be overwhelming because of the acoustics (described by Gordon Reynolds, a previous Director of Music, as "perilously lively!"), but the enthusiastic response from many first-time visitors demonstrates that listening to music in St Bride's is a very special experience which we hope to extend to even more people in the years to come ... Lunchtime concerts take place on Tuesdays and Fridays, often given by students and young professionals, which are well attended. The church is also frequently hired for other musical events.’

 

@ St Bride’s Fleet Street
VISITS (to Website)86
VIEWS (of this Record)180

‘St Chad’s was the first Catholic cathedral erected in England since the Reformation. It became the Cathedral formally in 1850 when Pope Pius IX restored the Catholic hierarchy of England and Wales ... St Chad’s Cathedral Choir dates from 1841, when the Cathedral was opened ... In 2000, a re-organisation resulted in the establishment of a professional adult choir to sing at the principal services in the cathedral ... Since its installation, the organ has won plaudits from organists all over the world and is considered to be one of the finest in the country ... The Cathedral is regularly used for concerts and recitals - including a series of monthly lunchtime organ recitals, Thursday Live.‘

 

@ St Chad's Cathedral Birmingham
VISITS (to Website)85
Also indexedThursday Live
VIEWS (of this Record)252

‘We are the only grade 1 listed circular Georgian church in England ... The church provides young singers with a unique musical education and gives adults of all abilities the opportunity to sing the finest works of the sacred choral repertoire within a liturgical context ... Free Friday lunchtime concerts every week at 12.40pm followed by a light lunch in the church hall. All welcome ... 1st Tuesdays and 3rd Fridays of the month are usually organ recitals.’

 

@ St Chad’s Shrewsbury
VISITS (to Website)79
VIEWS (of this Record)193

'A popular venue for concerts and a major venue for the annual Bury St Edmunds Festival. It regularly hosts international performers, and boasts two superb musical instruments: the Cathedral organ is a large four manual instrument built in 2010 by Harrison and Harrison and the grand piano is a Steinway model D (2007).'

 

@ St Edmundsbury Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)211
VIEWS (of this Record)388

'This unique neo-classical building is the centre of Liverpool’s traditional cultural forum whose foundation stone was laid in 1838. It was built as a result of separate competitions to create a fitting space for the aspirational city to hold its music festivals and other assemblies and contains the vastly ornate Great Hall with its vaulted ceiling, Minton tiled floor, replete with maritime and civic symbolism and is also home to a massive pipe organ.'

@ St George's Hall Liverpool
VISITS (to Website)164
VIEWS (of this Record)454

‘Since its foundation in 1348, music has played a core role in the daily life of St George’s Chapel ... The Chapel’s choir, organists and organs ... over centuries ... have contributed to the development of the English choral tradition, provided inspiration in divine service and added to the splendour of many Royal occasions, including Royal weddings and Garter services ... As well as the choir’s work within the Chapel, it has won acclaim for its singing in concerts and recordings, both in Windsor and elsewhere. It regularly collaborates with London based ensembles and regularly gives one of the principal concerts in the Windsor Festival.’

 

@ St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
VISITS (to Website)118
VIEWS (of this Record)237

St George's is the parish church of Mayfair. Splendidly refurbished in 2010 it was built between 1721-1724 to the designs of John James, as one of the Fifty Churches projected by Queen Anne's Act of 1711 ... George Frederick Handel was a regular worshipper at St George's, which is home to the annual London Handel Festival. We have a reputation for dignified and traditional formal worship based on the Book of Common Prayer, magnificent music provided by our fine professional choir, and thoughtful preaching.’ In addition, the Church has a regular programme of concerts and recitals, including the Mayfair Organ Concerts series, which is shared between St George’s and Grosvenor Chapel.

 

@ St George’s Hanover Square
VISITS (to Website)150
VIEWS (of this Record)310

'One of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture to be found in Wales. There is documentary evidence of a church here as early as the 11th century, though the building in its present form dates mainly from the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries ... The present organ was built in 1894 by Foster & Andrews of Hull. It was fully restored in 1984.'

@ St Giles Wrexham
VISITS (to Website)153
VIEWS (of this Record)296

‘St Giles’ was founded in 1124, and in the 16th century became the focal point of the Scottish Reformation. The church is regarded as the Mother Church of World Presbyterianism and welcomes visitors from all corners of the globe ... The life and worship of St Giles’ is constantly enriched by music. We play host to hundreds of concerts and performances each year, welcoming musicians from around the world.’

 

@ St Giles’ Cathedral Edinburgh
VISITS (to Website)77
VIEWS (of this Record)152

Music events include ‘a continuing series of Free Concerts featuring the magnificent sounds of the organ made in 1894 by “Father” Henry Willis & Sons, restored in 2005 by David Wells of Liverpool and paid for with a large grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund together with many private donations ... The Church is next to the city centre's covered market, and is the oldest remaining mediaeval building in the city after Cardiff Castle, dating from the 12th century’.

 

@ St John the Baptist Cardiff
VISITS (to Website)152
VIEWS (of this Record)1030

'The Parish Church of St John the Baptist Dronfield has stood at the centre of this community since the 12th Century ... We aim to maintain high standards of music and worship, blending our heritage of traditional music with the best of what is being written today ... Organ Recitals are at 8pm on the first Wednesday in most months.' The organ is a two-manual and pedals with pipework dating back to 1909, subsequently rebuilt and enlarged by a series of regional organ builders.

 

@ St John the Baptist Dronfield
VISITS (to Website)66
Also indexedDronfield Parish Church
VIEWS (of this Record)32

‘We are not a cathedral, although the suffragan bishop of our diocese bears the title “Bishop of Ludlow”. However, we are the largest parish church in the Shropshire part of the diocese, and civic and diocesan services are held here. We host concerts, organ recitals, plays and exhibitions. We are the home of the Ludlow Choral Society, and an important venue for the Ludlow Festival ... The historic choral tradition of St Laurence’s was first recorded in 1492, making it one of the oldest choirs in England, a country famous throughout the world for its unique choral heritage ... Today's organ is one of the finest Parish Church organs in the country, and attracts recitalists from all over the world.’

 

@ St Laurence Ludlow
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of this Record)232

Fortnightly lunchtime recitals on Thursdays, primarily on the ‘fine two manual Tickell Pipe Organ installed in 2003’. 

 

@ St Laurence Upminster
VISITS (to Website)68
VIEWS (of this Record)183

The Alton Organ Society was founded in 1967 and organize each year a series of monthly recitals, running from October to May. The 3 manuals and pedals 'Speechly' organ dates back to 1868 and at its opening 'must have been the largest in any southern Parish Church at the time'. The organ was thoroughly overhauled  in 1965 but with the overriding consideration that 'there should be no major alteration to the existing tonal characteristics - which makes this organ such a wonderful instrument popular with visiting distinguished national and international organists of repute'.

 

@ St Lawrence Alton
VISITS (to Website)24
Also indexedAlton Organ Society
VIEWS (of this Record)35

‘The official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation and stands in the Yard of the Guildhall. It was re-built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of 1666, but there has been a church on the site for around 900 years. After extensive damage in the Second World War, it was again re-built ... Every Monday at 1pm we hold a Piano Concert in the Church for about 50 minutes ... The piano in the church is quite special. It used to be owned by Sir Thomas Beecham, before it was purchased by the church ... Every Tuesday at 1pm we hold an Organ Concert in the Church for about 45 minutes ... St Lawrence has a wonderful organ which was built in 2001 by Johannes Klais Orgelbau, of Bonn, Germany ... Many people love to come into the peaceful atmosphere of the church and enjoy these special events.‘

 

@ St Lawrence Jewry
VISITS (to Website)33
VIEWS (of this Record)91

‘There has been a church dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch in Lothbury, the street that runs along the north side of the Bank of England, since the 12th Century. In later centuries the parish was augmented by the incorporation of seven adjacent parishes, whose churches were lost through the Great Fire, the Second World War and the expansion of City institutions ... It is the church of five livery companies (the Armourers and Brasiers, the Glovers of London, the Tylers and Bricklayers, the Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers and the Scientific Instrument Makers), two Ward Clubs (Broad St. and Coleman St.) and one professional institution (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). It is also the parish church of the Bank of England and several local firms. Each hold special services at various times in the year ... The organ recital programme changes each week and, as well as our resident organist, features international celebrity organists.’

 

@ St Margaret Lothbury
VISITS (to Website)103
VIEWS (of this Record)288

’This premiere London concert venue has been at the heart of the capital’s music making for over 250 years. From performances by Handel and Mozart during the 18th century through to the founding of the world-renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the 1950s to today when St Martin’s hosts some of the finest ensembles, choirs and soloists in Britain. Experience music from the Baroque and Classical periods to music from the 20th and 21st centuries performed in the beautiful candlelit setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields.‘

@ St Martin in the Fields
VISITS (to Website)219
VIEWS (of this Record)279

'Music for All @ SMSG promotes access to a wide range of music performed by a broad range of talent, with an emphasis on performance opportunities for young, developing and local musicians ...  Now that our Willis Pipe Organ is fully restored we offer regular organ recitals ... Our annual Pipe Organ Festival features organ solo and duet recitals.'

 

@ St Mary and St Giles Stony Stratford
VISITS (to Website)61
Also indexedMusic for All @ SMSG
VIEWS (of this Record)69

‘Music is a very important part of worship at our Church. Music lifts our praises to God and we enjoy a large choir, a growing number of choristers and the services of highly skilled musicians. We are superbly led by a team of organists, on the Father Willis organ and a recently restored grand piano. Our Musical Director and Director of Choristers, inspire singers to give of their very best. We sing hymns old and new and even write our own! There is a long tradition of music in the Church which we strive to uphold.’

 

@ St Mary Magdalene Taunton
VISITS (to Website)106
VIEWS (of this Record)154

St Mary Redcliffe Church has a long and distinguished musical tradition. There are usually three sung Sunday services each week at which one of the church choirs (or a visiting choir) sings. The church has a large and famous pipe organ by Harrison and Harrison of Durham, built in 1912, which is highly regarded as a masterpiece of Edwardian craftsmanship ... Each week we host a free organ recital on Thursday lunchtime, with organists from around the country and from further afield ... For details of this month's music take a look at our monthy music list and remember to look at our events page for information about concerts in church.‘

 

 

@ St Mary Redcliffe
VISITS (to Website)344
VIEWS (of this Record)187

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