St. Paul's Cathedral is one of London's most iconic buildings. The place where Prince Charles married Princess Diana is visited by millions yearly, posing as both a cultural and historic landmark. This is your chance to not only enter this stunning venue but also succumb to the spellbinding music of the Grand Organ. What's so special about it? Like the building in which it finds itself, the organ is capable of the big and the small and finds a unity in its very diversity. Former St Paul's Organist, John Scott, describes the Grand Organ as having a “chameleon-like character”, but above all else, it is capable of making the most incredible music.
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.
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St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's
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