where some of the world's finest organists play the Grand Organ of St Paul's
In 1694 a contract was signed with eminent German organ builder, Bernard Smith, to supply an organ for the new Cathedral. The 27-stop, three-manual, no-pedal instrument was placed on a screen in the quire. The organ remained relatively unaltered until, in the 1870s, Henry ‘Father’ Willis completed an essentially new instrument. The original Wren case was boldly divided in half and placed against the pillars on either side of the quire. At considerable risk to his own reputation, Willis had constructed something of a musical and visual coup de théatre in one of the most important ecclesiastical buildings in the world. St Paul’s Cathedral was built on an epic scale and with absolute attention to detail. These are qualities deeply embodied in its Grand Organ.
Sunday 7 August 2016 Graham Barber | UK
Sunday 14 August 2016 Malcolm Sim | Glasgow Cathedral
Sunday 21 August 2016 Rachel Mahon | St Paul's Cathedral
Sunday Organ Recitals take place weekly at 4.45pm. These recitals are free and last about 30 minutes. All are welcome to attend.
This event is free and entry is on a first come first served basis, so it can't be guaranteed. We need your card details to store the event information in "My Tickets", but rest assured, we won't charge you a penny.
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's
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