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Outstanding new chamber organ for the College Chapel

Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Chris Watson with the new chamber organ
Director of Music Chris Watson with the new chamber organ

Our new hand-made chamber organ recently arrived and was installed, and was soon put to good use during Sunday’s Chapel service. The instrument was specially commissioned from Jennings Organs, and makes a beautiful as well as practical addition to the Chapel, with its cherry wood casing.

The new 4-stop chamber organ is ideal for increasing our repertoire of seventeenth-century music. Chris Watson, St Edmund Hall’s Director of Music, explained, “It’s perfect for hymns and all the pieces of music written at the time our Chapel was built. I am thrilled to have it at St Edmund Hall – it’s the best organ of its kind in Oxford.”

Inside the new organ
Inside the new organ

Chris also has plans to use the new organ to support the College Choir on sixteenth-century pieces that would traditionally have been sung unaccompanied. It will also allow us to involve more instrumentalists, for example to perform works by Purcell or masses by Mozart.

The purchase of the organ was made possible thanks to the generosity of Daphne Brazier-Creagh, who made a donation towards music at St Edmund Hall in memory of her aunt, Miss Nancy Platt.