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New Organ Dedicated

16 October 2006

New Organsee BBC News Coverage

The Master and Fellows of Trinity Hall are delighted to announce the Dedication of a new pipe organ for the Chapel.

This instrument - the first to be built in the UK by the firm of celebrated Danish builder Carsten Lund - has been made possible through the generous benefaction of an alumnus of the College.

The consultant for the project has been the renowned international recitalist and teacher David Sanger. Together, Lund and Sanger devised the specification, which comprises 17 stops and 3 transmissions split across 2 manuals and pedals (see full specification).  The brief was to produce a mechanical instrument based on sound historical principles, but which would be flexible enough to fulfil its principal function of accompanying the liturgy, and for Organ Scholars to practise a wide range of repertoire.

In order to allow the instrument to speak well into the body of the Chapel, the solid panels of the gallery have been removed and replaced by an iron and oak balustrade with bronze details, designed by architect Tristan Rees Roberts (Trinity Hall 1967) of Freeland Rees Roberts, Cambridge, and specially made for the College by Chris Topp & Company Wrought Ironworks from Yorkshire.

Since establishing his firm in 1966, Carsten Lund has gained an enviable reputation throughout Scandinavia for the quality and individuality of his organs, most notable among which are those in the Bragernes Kirke, in Drammen, Norway; St Knud’s Cathedral, Odense; and his magnificent free reconstruction of the 1724 Kastens instrument in the Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen. His choir organ in Copenhagen Cathedral can be heard every morning on Danish radio in the broadcast daily service.

The organ was blessed by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, in a Service of Dedication on Sunday 15 October 2006, after which David Sanger gave the inaugural recital. Two specially commissioned pieces of music were performed to mark the occasion: in the service, an anthem for choir and organ by Richard Baker (the College’s Director of Music); and in the recital, a new work by Canadian organist and composer Julian Revie.

Coverage from BBC News can be found here. For further details please contact Jocelyn Poulton, Development Director, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.  Tel:  +44 (0)1223 332563. Email: development@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

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