Inaugural Organ Concert at The Chapel Royal on 28 November —a Huge Success!
The Chapel Royal was filled to capacity with standing room only for the Inaugural Organ Concert.
Internationally acclaimed James O’Donnell, Organist & Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey played the
recently overhauled Shrider-Hill Organ to an enthusiastic audience of over 300 people. Magnificent sounds emanated
from its golden pipes and flooded the Chapel with breath-taking and inspirational music. This performance celebrated
the success of the overhaul which organ builders Harrison & Harrison started in April 2013 and completed in July of this year.
The programme featured music well suited to the organ’s eighteenth-century origins and its nineteenth-century development, including the music of three musicians associated with the Chapel Royal in the 1700s: Greene, Boyce and Handel (Organ Concerto in F, Op. 4, No. 5), and the dramatic and majestic first movements respectively of J P E Hartmann’s Sonata in G minor and the third Sonata of his nineteenth-century contemporary Mendelssohn. The programme also included Frank Bridge’s Adagio in E, Maurice Duruflé’s Prelude and Fugue on the name of Alain and J S Bach’s ebullient Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29.
Mr O’Donnell commented on the organ’s renewed vitality: “I am delighted to have been asked to give the inaugural concert on this beautifully-restored instrument. It is particularly rewarding to be able to play music dating from the early eighteenth century on pipes from the 1712 instrument, giving exactly the right sounds. I hope my programme will reveal something of the quality and versatility of the newly-restored organ and I am sure it will prove an asset to the music and liturgy of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace for many decades.”
For a full review of the concert as appeared in Classical Source please click here.
The Rt Rvd & Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, Dean Of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal visited The Chapel Royal on Sunday 1 December to re-dedicate the organ during Evensong. He commented on the completion of the overhaul of the organ: “ As Patron of the Chapel Royal Choral Foundation I am delighted that this important milestone has been reached and with such success. The overhaul of the organ and the restoration of the historic integrity of this beautiful instrument were among the main reasons for setting up the Choral Foundation, and everyone who has been involved in the work should be proud of this achievement.”
The Christmas Angel is a unique way of celebrating and remembering the life of someone special to you whilst helping to ensure the music of The
Chapel Royal continues for generations to come.
Each donation to the Choral Foundation of £10 or more will ensure that the name of the person you nominate is written on a beautiful Christmas Angel decoration which will be hung on the Tree of Remembrance in The Chapel Royal until the end of December. In addition, all names of loved ones commemorated in this way will be recorded in a book displayed in the Chapel from Sunday 8th January until the end of Christmastide on 2nd February and then kept in the Chapel records in perpetuity.
To reserve your Christmas Angel please speak to a representative of The Choral Foundation at the back of The Chapel Royal before or after Sunday services. The final date for reserving your Angel will be Sunday 22nd December.
The Chapel Royal is a living, vibrant church with heavenly music, located at the heart of the historic palace. Everyone is welcome to attend the sung religious services at The Chapel Royal or to visit the place where Kings and Queens have worshipped for centuries. Click here to see more.
Choral Matins or Sung Eucharist at 11AM and Evensong at 3:30PM are held every Sunday. The services are from The Church of England Book of Common Prayer. Those attending the Chapel for a service only do not pay the Palace entrance fee. Click here to see more.
Please click the image below for the music programme.
The Choral Foundation has been created to ensure that congregations and visitors continue to have the opportunity to experience the rich musical heritage of the Church of England, in what has been described as “the greatest Palace in Britain”. The initial objective is to secure £1.5 million, to support the present musical programme. Click here to see more.