Unwanted Organs - what is their future ?Venue :
St Stephen’s church, Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, 5 minutes’ walk from
either Belsize Park Underground station (Northern Line, Edgware branch) or
from Hampstead Heath Overground station (Richmond-Stratford section)Date
: Saturday 23 September 2017, doors open at 10 a.m.Aims of conference :
- To see what systems are currently in place in the various ‘exempt
denominations’ to safeguard organs, and how well these systems are
- To share good and bad experiences,
- and to see if, in the new era of Sustainability, organs can be better protected.
- To discuss how they might be maintained in playing condition
- and to see how they might be used more widely for cultural purposes and teaching.
- To explore what might be done with good organs that need to be moved – do they really have to go abroad ? What organs need to be kept in the UK ‘at all costs’, and what systems are in place to achieve this aim ?Chair
: Peter BurmanSpecial guest
: Judith WeirComposer-in- residence
: David Loxley-Blount ; a new piece by him will be premièredOrgan players
: Timothy Roberts, Paul Nicholson
Films about ‘unwanted organs’ specially made by James Dawson
There is no charge for the conference, but conference registration and tickets for the ‘Pipes and Strings’ concert will need to be booked via the link on the www.soundsmedieval.org
web-site. (See below for more details.)Proposed programme for the day :
Open 10 am ; tea & coffee
1st session starts at 10.30 with introductions from the Chair and Martin Renshaw. We then will hear up to 8 representatives, including those from the five English exempt denominations, the Churches ConservationTrust and the
Church Commissioners. They will speak about their advisory systems and their engagement with the safeguarding of organs for about 10 minutes each.
Lunch from 1 – 2.30 (sandwiches, soup, cake, fruit, tea/coffee) with live music and films, posters, power point shows etc
2nd session 2.30 – 4 : round-table and open discussion : Where do we go from here ? How can systems be improved and will denominations work together ? What impact will there be from ‘sustainability’ issues?
4-4.30 : tea and entry of those coming just for the concert
4.30-6 : ‘Pipes and Strings’ : a concert to include music by Purcell and Bach, with organ concertos by Mozart, John Stanley, JohnWorgan and others, and the première of a new composition by David Loxley-Blount.
Organ player : Tim Roberts
String players : Conor James Gricmanis, James Orrell, Hatty Haynes and Bill Hunt
Organs : formerly unwanted organs of 1750, c1790 and 1829
The concert ticket will include a choice wine reception at 6 pm, the wine coming from places where English organs have gone to, or soft drinks.
Booking will need to be made through the soundsmedieval web-site for the conference (10 am to 4 pm) and concert (4 to 6). Please register in advance through this site, even though entry to the conference itself (10 am – 4 pm) is free. We are asking for a £10 donation on the day towards conference tea, coffee and lunch. Concert entry (and drinks) will be £10 if booked in advance through the web-site, or £12 on the door. Full-time student concert advance tickets are £8 ; the concert will be free for children who are 12 and under if accompanied by a responsible adult (maximum 2 children per adult).