Saturday 19th August
This week I made another site visit to the beautiful catholic cathedral of St Marie, in Sheffield, where Andrew Carter and his team are meticulously reassembling what must be the most compact 3-manual tracker organ T.C.Lewis ever made. After a disastrous intervention by a local firm in the 1970s this 1875 organ is now being fully restored with a new mechanical action, the aim being for completion by Christmas. HLF funding has made this possible.
Friday 4th August
It's been a busy and stimulating week, centred on giving lunchtime recitals at Selby Abbey on Tuesday and Boston 'Stump' on Thursday. Both organs are in fine form, Selby spectacularly rebuilt by Principal Pipe Organs and Boston kept in immaculate order by its makers, Harrison & Harrison. The Healey Willan 'Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue' sounded fabulous on both of them and it was a real treat to perform it to two warmly appreciative audiences. The image below shows the organ case in St Botolph's, Boston.