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Wednesday, 15 September 2010, 11:00PM
St Margaret, Lothbury

Catholics versus Protestants: How liturgy affected the development of the organ

Richard Townend

When Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt the church of St Margaret in Lothbury after the Great Fire, it had no organ.  The George Pike organ was completed in 1801 and its pipe work, standing in its original case, forms the basis of the 1984 restoration by John Budgen.  The rich sound that comes from its pipes have a clarity that has led many renowned experts to call it one of the finest classical organs in Great Britain. It was played by Mendelssohn.

For more information about the organ at St. Margaret, Lothbury, please click here.

The other lectures in this series on London's Organs include the following:
    The German revolution in English organ technology
        the Mander Organs restored William Hill organ of St. Mary-at-Hill
    From Trocadero to Troxy: A Tradition Returns
        Europe's largest Wurlitzer pipe organ

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Richard is the resident recitalist at St Margaret's Lothbury where he has presented over 1000 programmes on the renowned 1801 George Pike England organ, once played by Mendelssohn. 

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15 September 2010

Catholics versus Protestants: How liturgy affected the development of the organ
Richard Townend

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