On Wednesday 8th March we enjoyed a simply spelndid recital to launch the refurbished organ. The programme was
Sinfonia to Cantata 29 J.S. Bach arr. Guilmant
Adagio- Allegro from Organ Concerto in D Op.7, No.4 Handel arr. Dupre
Andante K616 for mechanical organ Mozart
Andante in D flat ( Moonlight and Roses) Edwin Lemare
Fantasia on the Welsh hymntune Twrgwyn T.J. Morgan
Processional William Mathias
Interlude in F Guilmant
Fugue in E flat BWV 552 J.S. Bach
The new console was commissioned on Friday 13th January 2017 which we hope will not upset it.
The organist will still be on the north side of the balcony, but facing the wall with CCTV, smoke a mirrors to work out what's going on.
Duke of Connaught Temple
The Temple is arguably one of the finest remaining Victorian structures in use daily by Freemasons. The mahogany panelling is rich in its splendour and creates a tranquil yet uplifting atmosphere as soon as you walk in. The Master's Chair is constructed of Austrian crown oak, standing 10' high and is surmounted by a massive canopy bearing the Llangattock Coat of Arms.
The soft furnishings pre-date foam cushioining and could even be said to be a little threadbare in places; but this authenticity is valued by those who come along.
The Temple seats almost 300 but no one is likely to have a preference for plastic folding chairs. So why have an electronic organ if we have the capability of preserving the best pipe organ currently in regular use by Freemasons.
Did you know...
Quote: "The secret of sympathic accompaniment of our ceremonies, is for the organist to know when to keep quiet".