Thursday, 22 August 2013

Complete Organ all set to return to the Royal Festival Hall

Image: Hayes Davidson / Nick Rochowski
Thanks to contributions from 60,000 people, not to mention an epic bike ride and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Bank Centre's Pull Out All the Stops campaign has reached its target, which means that the final third of the organ is on track for being re-installed in the Royal Festival Hall. Hurrah!

Some 60,000 people made contributions totalling £1.35m, and the South Bank Centre Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite and a team of cyclists did a sponsored ride from Durham to London in 24 hours and raised £100,000. The Heritage Lottery Fund has contributed £950,000. All this means that Harrison and Harrison (who originally designed and built the organ in 1954) will have completed the reinstallation of the final third of the organ by the end of this summer and are ready to commence the final voicing. The organ will be complete for the Pull Out All the Stops Festival which starts on 18 March 2014.

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