11 episodes

The Organ Podcast is a fortnightly show designed to inform and entertain organists and organ enthusiasts alike, including those who are simply curious and want to know more about this unique instrument and its music.  
Episodes will feature interviews with leading UK and international organists, visit historic or little-known organs of interest, catch-up with organ rebuilds and restorations, and encounter a diverse mix of pipe organ related activities, news, discussions and initiatives from around the UK.   Presented by Mark O'Brien

The Organ Podcast The Royal College of Organists

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

The Organ Podcast is a fortnightly show designed to inform and entertain organists and organ enthusiasts alike, including those who are simply curious and want to know more about this unique instrument and its music.  
Episodes will feature interviews with leading UK and international organists, visit historic or little-known organs of interest, catch-up with organ rebuilds and restorations, and encounter a diverse mix of pipe organ related activities, news, discussions and initiatives from around the UK.   Presented by Mark O'Brien

    Episode 10 - Anna Lapwood - Abandoned monastery organ - Crisis in Scotland

    Episode 10 - Anna Lapwood - Abandoned monastery organ - Crisis in Scotland

    In this episode, Mark O'Brien is joined by organ builder David Wood as they engage in some organ archaeology whilst exploring an abandoned organ in an old monastery chapel in Staffordshire.https://www.woodofhuddersfield.com/https://npor.org.uk/survey/D02316A crisis is facing the pipe organ in Scotland as hundreds of churches are earmarked for closure. We talk to Chris Bragg, from Sowne of Organe, who is leading a team campaigning to save many of Scotland's most historic organs by highlighting...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 9 - The Wurlitzer at Blackpool Tower - Liverpool's St George's Hall Willis Organ - Discovering 17th Century Composer, John Lugge

    Episode 9 - The Wurlitzer at Blackpool Tower - Liverpool's St George's Hall Willis Organ - Discovering 17th Century Composer, John Lugge

    In this episode Phil Kelsall, organist at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, showcases the world famous Wurlitzer organ - and his own world famous playing technique!https://www.philkelsall.co.uk/Ian Tracey talks about the history of the Henry Willis organ at Liverpool's St George's Hall. As a new appeal has been launched to help raise fund for its restoration, Ian demonstrates some of the distinctive Willis sounds, and some of the areas in desperate need of repair.https://www.stgeorgeshallliver...

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 8 - Richard McVeigh reflects on his YouTube success - William McVicker on the difficulties of organ advising - Anne Marsden Thomas looks back on her teaching career and challenges for women organists

    Episode 8 - Richard McVeigh reflects on his YouTube success - William McVicker on the difficulties of organ advising - Anne Marsden Thomas looks back on her teaching career and challenges for women organists

    In this episode, Hauptwerk genius and YouTube star, Richard McVeigh talks about the rise of his channel 'Beauty in Sound' as a platform to live-stream hymns to a global audience, as well as recording some of the UK's finest pipe organs and organists.https://www.youtube.com/@beautyinsound/videosWilliam McVicker gives a glimpse into his role as one of the country's leading pipe organ consultants. Whilst working on an historic organ in Southeast London he explains how organ advisors need to care...

    • 1 hr
    Episode 7 - David Briggs on his role at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York, improvising and his transcriptions - Daniel Moult talks about the new organs for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

    Episode 7 - David Briggs on his role at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York, improvising and his transcriptions - Daniel Moult talks about the new organs for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

    In this episode, Daniel Moult, Head of Organ at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, demonstrates how a series of new, historically inspired organs that he's commissioned, will transform the musicianship of his students, not just from an authentic approach to early music but across the board in organ playing technique. He also talks about the career and musical aspirations of young organ students today.https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/music/departments/keyboard/organ http://www.danielm...

    • 43 min
    Episode 6 - Liverpool Cathedral's new echo organ - Organic Metal and the pipe organ - Sir Andrew Parmley talks about his role as Chief Executive of the RCO

    Episode 6 - Liverpool Cathedral's new echo organ - Organic Metal and the pipe organ - Sir Andrew Parmley talks about his role as Chief Executive of the RCO

    In this episode we visit the largest cathedral organ in the UK to follow the organ builders from David Wells as they begin installing a new echo division to the main organ at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. As one of the largest cathedrals in the world, the building has its own micro climate which impacts the tuning of the organ.https://liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/cathedral-music/organ/www.dwob.org/ David Pipe, organist at Huddersfield Town Hall, talks about the collaborations he gets invo...

    • 42 min
    Episode 5 - Voicing the Guards' Chapel with Harrison & Harrison - Exploring the National Pipe Organ Register - Thomas Trotter talks repertoire and 40 years at Birmingham Town Hall

    Episode 5 - Voicing the Guards' Chapel with Harrison & Harrison - Exploring the National Pipe Organ Register - Thomas Trotter talks repertoire and 40 years at Birmingham Town Hall

    In this episode we get a first look at the new Harrison & Harrison organ at the Guards' Chapel in London. Harrison's Head Voicer, Andy Scott, talks about the Harrison & Harrison sound while he demonstrates voicing the organ.https://www.harrisonorgans.com/https://www.harrisonorgans.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/London-Guards-Chapel-2023.pdfAndrew Macintosh, Director of RCO Scotland and Northern Ireland, talks about his work as manager of the NPOR - the National Pipe Organ Register. He...

    • 53 min

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6 Ratings

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As an organist, I am a great fan of all things Organ. This podcast, especially so many interesting topics explored with a fantastic host. The episode that finally convinced me to review was episode nine. When they were talking about the Wurlitzer Organ, you could tell that the host has an especially strong knack for telling stories sound. I felt like I was sitting right there at the console with both of them. Looking forward to many more wonderful episodes.

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