30th July 2017

The Hill organ, Londonderry Guildhall

Last week I spent two enjoyable days conducting organ surveys in Northern Ireland—a large 1963 Walker rebuild at Holywood (near Belfast) and the famous 1914 Hill at Londonderry Guildhall. The Guildhall is an ornate ‘Gothic’ building which wouldn’t be out of place in Glasgow. Recently sumptuously restored, it has benefited from the organ’s front pipes being beautifully and tastefully painted. They were plain, dull, oxidised zinc in appearance before—really gloomy. Behold them now!