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Creating the next generation of organists!

Life inside The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire organ department, UK

Andrew Cantrill, Robin Cantrill (Fenwick)

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Creating the next generation of organists!
Creating the next generation of organists!
Creating the next generation of organists!
Creating the next generation of organists!
Silbermann organ from the Marienkirche, Rötha
The Marienkirche Rötha has a single-manual organ by the famous Central German organ builder Gottfried Silbermann dating from 1722. The baroque instrument has 11 stops and is ideally suited for performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries.
The historic organ case, dating from 1715, houses an English-Romantic organ made by Nicholson in 1890. Among the 62 stops, which are controlled from a console with four manuals and pedal, are the two solo reeds Trompeta Real 8′ and Tuba minor 8′.
Creating the next generation of organists!
St. Philip’s Cathedral organ in Birmingham, UK
Creating the next generation of organists!
J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd organ in Wolverhampton, St. Peter’s Collegiate Church & St. Paul’s Cathedral, Willis company organ in London, UK

J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd organ

In 1954, the renowned company, J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd. from Ruislip, delivered the present organ to the London Oratory Church. Despite the fact that the actions were still electropneumatic, the tonal conception of the total of 45 stops is already strongly oriented towards the influences of the North German organ movement. The organ prospect also takes up baroque forms, but is somewhat hidden in a low side gallery of the church.



Willis company organ

The core of the mighty organ in St. Paul’s Cathedral was built in 1872 by the great Willis company. Exactly one hundred years later, from 1972 to 1977, the instrument was extensively rebuilt and extended to its present state by the Mander company. The instrument is distributed over a total of four locations in the space of the mighty cathedral: The largest part of the organ is the so-called Chancel division and is located on both sides of the chancel. The powerful trumpet battery, called the “Royal Trumpet”, is also located here, and its powerful sound, when placed horizontally, can solemnly drown out even the plenum of the organ.
Creating the next generation of organists!
Daniel Moult © DM
Daniel Moult, acclaimed concert organist and film presenter is head of the organ class at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and gives masterclasses, workshops and courses all over the world. He has pioneered the use of film as a means of promoting organ music and has organ music and is the presenter and performer of the highly acclaimed seven-part DVD+CD box set “The English Organ”. Daniel Moult performs regularly in the in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. He can be heard on various CDs and DVDs and has published several organ anthologies. Moult trained at Oxford University and the Amsterdam Conservatoire. Conservatory.
William Fox took up the post of sub-organist at St Paul’s Cathedral London in 2018 at the age of 23 – he is the youngest yet to be appointed to the position. In September 2019, Fox became Junior Fellow of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has previously matured musically as a chorister at the York Minster, as Junior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Organ Scholar at Hereford Cathedral. As a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), he won the Turpin and Durrant prizes. He studied music at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was Organ Scholar under the direction of Daniel Hyde and Mark Williams.
Creating the next generation of organists!
William Fox © The cambridge photografer
Creating the next generation of organists!
Ben Bloor © Anwen Prendergast
Ben Bloor was winner of the Int. Northern Ireland Organ Competition 2012, semi-finalist at the first Int. Wadden Sea Organ Competition 2017 in Denmark and prize winner at the Int. Bach Organ Competition. He is currently organist at Brompton Oratory, organist at Westminster School and a freelance musician in London. He has performed at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, the New College, Oxford, and the cathedrals of Derby, Rochester and Westminster. Before recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class Honours BA degree in music and is a Junior Fellow of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Callum Alger is currently Interim Director of Music at the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Wolverhampton and is perfecting his organ playing as a Headley Scholar with Daniel Moult as part of the Postgraduate programme at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He had previously graduated and in between studied for a year at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Academy of Music in Leipzig. Callum has already performed at Westminster Cathedral, St. Thomas’ Church, Stourbridge, Portsmouth Cathedral and St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. He won 1st prize at the IAO/RCO Organ Playing Competition (2018) in Peterborough and at the Dame Gillian Weir Messiaen Competition (2018) in Birmingham and was Finalist twice at the Northern Ireland Int. Organ Competition. In 2019 Callum released his debut CD “”Klangreden”” with Luther chorales on Regent Records. https://www.callumalger.co.uk/”
Creating the next generation of organists!
Callum Alger © The cambridge photografer
Creating the next generation of organists!
Charles Francis © The cambridge photografer
Charles Francis is currently studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Daniel Moult. Organ Scholar at St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham. He has held organ scholarships at St. Edmund’s School in Canterbury and Holy Trinity Church in Folkestone, and has regularly held organ services at Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals. He won the 1. Prize in the 2nd Dame Gillian Weir Messiaen Competition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 2019.

Creating the next generation of organists!

Life inside The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire organ department, UK

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