Guildford Cathedral – evening meeting!

Guildford Cathedral – evening meeting!


The Club has arranged a weekday evening meeting here, the advantage being that we will be able to attend Choral Evensong at 1730, sung by the excellent choir.

Music: Lloyd Responses; Psalms for the 2nd evening; Canticles Sumsion in G; Anthem Give us the wings of faith, Bullock.

At 1830, Organist & Master of the Choristers, Katherine Dienes-Williams, will demonstrate the organ, after which members will be able to play.  This will be the last chance to hear the organ before major restoration work is carried out in the cathedral.  The organ will then be rebuilt by David Wells.  The work on the cathedral and organ will not be finished until 2017.

The organ was installed in the cathedral by Rushworth & Dreaper in 1961; it used as a basis the four manual organ from Rosse Street Baptist Church, Shipley, Yorkshire, which had been built by Nicholson of Bradford in about 1866, and enlarged by Harrison & Harrison in 1899.  It was enlarged when it was installed at the cathedral, and a new positive section in the gallery opposite the console was added in 1962.  The specification was drawn up in consultation with Barry Rose (the first organist).  There are 4 manuals and 77 speaking stops.  The organ has been tuned and maintained by B C Shepherd and Sons for the past 12 years; they overhauled the positive section in 2009.

Please make sure that if you cannot attend Choral Evensong you get there before 1830 when the main meeting will start. The building will be locked then, so latecomers will not be able to get in. Please email or phone Eric by Saturday 28 June if you intend to come ( (020 8958 2461).

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