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The Guildhall School of Music and Drama Enjoys Their Digital Organ

Colin Davis Orchestra | Guildhall School of Music
(Image above courtesy of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
 

We had the privilege of working with the dedicated team at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in attaining and installing a beautiful new digital organ for their 608-seat Concert Hall.

The School is reportedly one of the world’s leading drama schools – offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals.

They have over 800 students in higher education – drawn from nearly 60 countries around the globe. The element that interested us the most in being chosen as their preferred organ supplier was that it is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians.

The School recently completed a major building project to expand its already impressive facilities. The newly built Milton Court (across the road from the current Silk Street building) will provide the School with state-of-the-art performance and teaching spaces including the aforementioned 608-seat Concert Hall.

Location of organ in Guildhall school of music

The organ’s position on its mobile plinth in the concert hall.

We provided a custom built Regent Classic instrument which incorporates all the very latest “physical modelling” sound generating systems. The console, made from Sapele to match the other woodwork in the hall, has 46 speaking stops and is a 3 manual. It plays through 12 speakers and 2 bass speakers located above and behind the concert platform. The mobile plinth on which the organ sits also houses the umbilical leads that are not needed when the organ is not in use. (Click here for more technical information about this installation.)

If you would like to learn more about installing a digital organ built to your needs for your school, concert hall or church – please feel free to give me a call on 01869  247 333, email me on enquiries@viscountorgans.net or tweet me on @ViscountOrgans.

 

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I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.

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