A New Church Organ at Chelsea Old Church
We are delighted that William Drake Limited have completed installation of the new organ, compressed into a 1min 23 sec stop frame video here
It was heard for the first time at Mattins on Sunday 22nd. September 2019.
To see the Dedication and Celebration of The New Pipe Organ programme click here, which took place on 21st November.
Sunday 26th March: Organ Recital by Hugh Rowlands (Organist of Haileybury School) featuring J.S. Bach’s monumental Prelude and Fugue in B minor (BWV 544) and music by William Byrd.
NATHAN LAUBE - CELEBRITY ORGAN CONCERT - January 19th 2020, 7.30pm.
The first full concert on the new organ was given by international virtuoso and rising star of the organ world, Nathan Laube. He showcased all that the new instrument can do in a sparkling programme of works spanning the centuries. For more information about Nathan Laube: http://www.nathanlaube
The well received programme included:
J. S. Bach - Passacaglia in C minor
Mendelssohn (tr. Laube) - Variations Serieuses
and works by Byrd, Bruhns, Guilain, Duruflé and Alain
It was a full house for the concert and during the interval members of the audience took the opportunity to inspect the Church whilst others enjoyed the hospitality in Petyt Hall
THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH ORGAN - Saturday 22 February 2020
In association with Fugue State Films & West Sussex Organists Association
10.00am Presentation from Will Fraser (Fugue State Films) and screening of excerpt from “The History of the English Organ” (DVD)
11.30am Recital: DANIEL MOULT (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)
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THE ORGAN OF CHELSEA OLD CHURCH is an entirely new three-manual and pedal, 33-stop organ built by William Drake Limited of Devon and completed in 2019. Built in the English classical tradition for which the firm has become renowned, it incorporates elements of Victorian organbuilding and Continental influences enabling the instrument to lead worship in the Anglican tradition whilst comfortably playing the organ repertoire. The new case design was inspired by an organ once thought to be in the church in the eighteenth-century.
Joost de Boer has been building organs for over 25 years