Decoration Revealed

receptionAfter Evensong on the 15thFebruary we had a real treat as Dr John DrJtalks speed journey through the history of Organ decorations, from cases to pipes, London to Australia and ended up with a fascinating introduction to the work to be done on Betty’s own pipes.It was also a chance for Mark James, Animateur of the Betty Restoration Project, to introduce those present to the pipe organ audiancedemonstrator which hasbeen lent to St John’s by the Royal Festival Hall.

Dr Rowntree’s presentation came after a beautiful service of Evensong where, due to the advanced stage of Betty’s demise, the setting of Stanfordhad to be changed from C to B flat at the last moment. With only a little over a week to go before Betty’s begin’s to make her journey to the Organ builders it was great to have a proper look at her artwork before she disappears for several months.DrJ

Home and Abroad – A lecture on the decoration of Organ Pipes down the ages

After Evensong at St John’s, Hyde Park, on the 15th February we are excited to welcome Dr John Rowntree, consultant to the Betty Restoration Project, to speak on organ pipe decoration.

JRbigJohn has higher degrees from the Universities of Newcastle and Southampton and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music. His doctoral thesis was on organ design and performance in the 20th century. He has written extensively in the areas of music and liturgy, the history of the organ and organ advising and design.

Evensong is at 6:30pm and will include Responses – W. Smith, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C. – C. V. Stanford and Evening Hymn – B. Gardiner sung by St John’s choir.