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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to have permanent organ
4 September 2015
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
The main auditorium
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is to have a permanent organ for the first time, thanks to a fundraising initiative by the Merchants House of Glasgow. The £155,000 digital organ is being installed and voiced ready for its inaugural recital on 23 September by Ian Tracey, organist titular at Liverpool Cathedral.
The instrument, which has 76 speaking stops, has been designed specifically for the venue’s main auditorium. It has 56 full range and 8 bass speaker boxes with more than 170 independent speaker drivers. Installation began in July.
The new organ was designed in collaboration with organists James Hunter (honorary director of music at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum) and Matt Edwards (director of music at Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley), while Tracey also played a key part in the consultation process. It was built by UK-based digital organ specialists Copeman Hart & Company.
Cllr Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow Life, said: ‘Glasgow’s fantastic range of music venues and facilities contributes to the city being one of the most exciting and enjoyable places to live and visit for music lovers. The new organ at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is a valuable addition to our vibrant musical landscape, and I would like to thank the Merchants House, whose fantastic work was invaluable to making this happen.’
The main auditorium
Raymond Williamson, the city’s former Lord Dean of Guild – who provided the driving force behind the fundraising project – said: ‘For over 400 years the Merchants House has played an important part in the civic and cultural life of the city and we are delighted to have raised the funds for a bespoke digital organ for the city’s Royal Concert Hall. Now, twenty five years after it opened, the city’s Royal Concert Hall will have a permanent organ for the first time in its main auditorium. I would like to thank the wide range of individuals and organisations who contributed.
‘Without their generosity we would not be able to build and install this new bespoke digital organ which I am sure will be at the heart of many performances over the months and years ahead.’
The inaugural recital, which begins at 7.30pm, will feature work by Soler, Pachelbel, Bach, Schumann, Whitlock, Franck, Warlock, Peeters, Tchaikovsky and Widor. Earlier in the day, James Hunter will host a special event in which Tracey will give a demonstration of the instrument before allowing local organists to inspect the instrument at close hand and try it out for themselves. The event, which will take place from 2.30-5.30pm, is free and will not be ticketed.
BBC Music announces Ten Pieces Secondary film presenters
3 September 2015
- TV presenter and journalist James May: Bach, orch. Stokowski – Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 / Soloist: Wayne Marshall
- Singer Pixie Lott: Bernstein – ‘Mambo‘ from West Side Story
- Actor Bobby Lockwood and TV presenter and actor Naomi Wilkinson: Bizet – ‘Habanera‘ and ‘Toreador Song‘ from Carmen Suite
- Comedian and rapper Doc Brown: Anna Clyne – Night Ferry
- TV presenter and former footballer Dion Dublin: Haydn – Trumpet Concerto (third movement) / Soloist: Alison Balsom
- Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo and composer Gabriel Prokofiev: Gabriel Prokofiev – Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (fifth movement) / Soloist: DJ Mr Switch
- Poet and Broadcaster Lemn Sissay: Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10 (second movement)
- TV presenter Molly Rainford: Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending / Soloist: Nicola Benedetti
- Comedian Vikki Stone: Verdi – ‘Dies Irae’ from Requiem / featuring the Hallé Choir
- Actor Christopher Eccleston: Wagner – ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from Die Walküre
Choir and Organ September-October issue is out now!
3 September 2015
Now approaching his 75th birthday, English composer John Rutter speaks exclusively to Choir & Organ about life in Cambridge, choral commissions and how he began his illustrious career; we go behind the scenes of the 1735 Richard Bridge organ at Christ Church Spitalfields now restored to its former glory by Williams Drake Ltd; and our obituary for the celebrated organist and music director John Scott. Plus, the striking contours of the new Marcussen organ in Aalborg; widen your horizons with choral repertoire from Brazil; the thriving world of young organists at Alkmaar and St Albans; editor Maggie Hamilton visits the 300th anniversary celebrations of the Three Choirs Festival; the flexible musical diet of Philharmonia Voices; David Hill’s guide to conducting Mozart’s Solemn Vespers; a bird’s-eye view of liturgical music in Trondheim; how a Bishop & Son organ won over a congregation opposed to instruments in Ipswich; and our Scholarships and voice trails supplement for choristers, choral scholars and organists.
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