Firstsite schools project film

During January and February 2015 various Colchester schools engaged with the Organ Restoration Project in a series of creative sessions, devised to explore the story and unique qualities of the organ through sound and mark-making. The groups were able to experiment with organ pipes and build their own inflatable organ. They then used playful drawing […]

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Pipeworks Call for Scores

Winter 2014 saw the launch of an exciting opportunity for East Anglian composers to write a new piece of music for the organ through the ‘Pipeworks: Call for Scores’, in partnership with Colchester New Music. The winners were: First prize (£250): Moot Points by John Furse Second prize (£150): Graduation Toccata by Mark Bellis The […]

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Build an Organ

‘Build an Organ’ workshops introduce children to the inner workings of the organ through hands-on practical activities involving blow-up mattresses and giant pipes! Integrating music, art, science and history, the sessions are a fantastic way to introduce local young people to the history and significance of the organ, and to understand how this fascinating musical […]

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School Projects

In Spring and Summer 2015, the Colchester Moot Hall Organ Restoration Project worked with primary schools, Colchester Sixth Form College and Colchester Institute on a range of exciting composition and field recording projects. These projects explored the organ’s sound, its history and the context of Colchester; see the resulting film!

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