Recital May 21st on the restored Bates pipe organ St Mary the Virgin Silchester
Our managing director Jeremy Meager will be putting the newly restored Bates pipe organ at St Mary’s through its paces later this month at 7.30 pm on May 21st. As you see from the picture to the left this is a very pretty small 2 manual instrument believed to date from about 1770 and perhaps in 1840 moved by Bates & Sons of London to St Mary’s. While the history seems to be a little unclear you can see it is a charming instrument with a strong Georgian style to its design.
Jeremy’s programme will include works by Goss-Custard, Franck and Handel and he will conclude with the famous Toccata from Widor’s 5th Symphony. No mean feat for an organ of this age and range!
Refreshments will be served and entry is free but there will be a retiring collection for the organ restoration fund.
The organ specification is:-
|Pedal||Key action Tr Stop action Me Compass-low C Compass-high f1 Keys 30|
|Great||Key action Tr Stop action Me Compass-low C Compass-high f3 Keys 54|
|3||Stopped Diapason Bass||8|
|5||Viol di Gamba||8||TC|
|Swell||Key action Tr Stop action Me Compass-low C Compass-high f3 Keys 54 Enclosed|