RFH Organ Symposium set to explore new instrument 'inside and out'

RFH Organ Symposium set to explore new instrument 'inside and out'

The Royal College of Organists, along with the British Institute of Organ Studies, is delighted to be involved in
the planning and delivery of Southbank Centre's Organ Symposium.

The event, which takes place which takes place on Saturday 2 August at the Royal Festival Hall, has been designed to allow music lovers to spend a day a day getting to know the RFH's magnificent restored organ.

An international cast of speakers and performers will examine the design, craftsmanship and music which have made this fascinating instrument such a special feature of musical life since it was first heard 60 years ago.

Highlights will include:

* Dame Gillian Weir talking about her 50 performances at Southbank Centre.
* Professor Lionel Rogg HonFRCO and RCO Director of Academic Development Andrew McCrea talking about the design of the organ and its music, with musical illustrations by organ scholar Weston Jennings.
* Mark Venning and Andrew Scott, of Harrison & Harrison organ builders, taking a roving camera inside the organ to reveal the pipes and explain how the organ was restored.
* William McVicker, Southbank Centre's organ curator, chairs a panel of experts discussing organ performance practice past, present and future.
* Margaret Phillips giving a recital featuring music by Bach, Sweelinck, Liszt and Lionel Rogg.

For further information and to book click here.

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