Fanfare for Edmund...
On Saturday 28 November, St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds celebrates the tenth anniversary of the organ with a special online recital ‘Fanfare for Edmund’. Four of the Cathedral organists will present an evening of rousing music. The recital will be broadcast at 5 pm on the Cathedral’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stedscathedral.
The organ, with its 3553 pipes, was rebuilt in 2010 by renowned organ builders, Harrison and Harrison of Durham. The work took nine months to complete and included the installation of brand new organ cases, which were painted and gilded in the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel by decorators Campbell Smith. Visitors were able to watch as the skilled craftsmen added the wonderful colour scheme designed by architect John Bucknall. The completion of the project in November 2010 was the fulfilment of a long-held vision of a dedicated team of donors and specialists to provide first class musical provision for the Cathedral.
“Since its re-build ten years ago, the organ has been in constant use, not only for accompanying services but also extensively for concerts and recitals. It is acoustically and visually stunning,” comments the Reverend Canon Philip Banks, Precentor, who is responsible for music and liturgy at the Cathedral. “In addition, we are delighted to be able to offer an organ scholarship each year, ensuring that the next generation of organists gets to learn on the very best of instruments.” Musical reflections are posted on the Cathedral’s social media channels daily and can be found on the Cathedral website https://stedscathedral.org/worship/online-resource