Summer 2020 at the Moot Hall Organ

The Friends of the Moot Hall Organ to fund new equipment

It has become increasingly clear that the organ has been subjected to a considerable range of humidity over the last few years since its restoration was completed; some of that was due to difficulties with the heating sensors in the Moot Hall that led to low humidity which did cause some damage. Work has been undertaken on the heating sensors and data readings indicate that the system is currently well controlled.

Following meetings with Harrison & Harrison, the organ builders, and consultation with Dr William McVicker, who master-minded the restoration, it was felt that the installation of additional humidification equipment would be beneficial. Indeed a higher level of humidity in and around the organ would do nothing but good. ‘The Friends’ offered to contribute up to a maximum of £6000, which will cover the full cost of the equipment. Colchester Borough Council were supportive. So a Stulz ultrasonic humidifier is due to be installed by Humideco over the coming weeks, working in co-operation with Harrison & Harrison.

Summer 2020 recitals

We are now listing on this website the details of the new series of monthly recitals to begin on Tuesday 8th September following our usual spring break – the July and August recitals have now been postponed. Naturally we will follow Government guidance but we very much hope we can recommence as planned. Updates will be posted on this website closer to the time. Admission is free, with retiring collection in aid of the Friends of the Moot Hall Organ.

1pm Tuesday 8th September 2020: Ian Ray (Hon. Borough Organist)

A recital on the theme of ‘Moonlight’ including music by Vierne & Langlais, and to mark the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth a performance of his most popular piano sonata.

1pm Tuesday 13th October 2020 (POSTPONED FROM JULY): William Saunders (Ipswich)

The second visit of this distinguished organist with a programme on the theme of the Victorian Town Hall including music by Best, Grainger, Hollins, Steel & Whitlock.

1pm Tuesday 10th November 2020 (POSTPONED FROM AUGUST): Stephen King (Brentwood Cathedral)

A varied programme of music by Saint-Saëns, Ibert, Walford Davies & Hollins.