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Pipe Up Schools: Come and Meet the RFH Organ

Get up close and personal with the magnificent Royal Festival Hall Organ in a hands-on workshop suited for students in primary or secondary school.

The awe-inspiring pipe organ is also known as the ‘King of Instruments.’ It can be played louder than a whole orchestra or quieter than the smallest instrument, with pipes as tall as Royal Festival Hall itself and as small as your little finger.

This musical marvel is somehow constructed out of stops, bellows, pedals and pipes. It’s made of a dizzying combination of woods, metals, leather, and electronics. How do these parts fit together? How can one organist play 7000 pipes at once?

Each session gets up close and hands-on with the King of Instruments and can be tailored to fit your specific needs, emphasising any of these themes:

- Science of sound and acoustics: how sound is made and travels
- Building blocks of music: pitch, rhythm, timbre, harmony, melody variations
- Music through the ages: how music and the instrument has developed across time

Workshops are led by Southbank Centre’s Organ Scholar or Organ Curator.

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Royal Festival Hall


£50 - book by phone
£3 transaction fee

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The total cost of Pipe Up Schools is £50.

To book please contact our group bookings line on 020 7960 4225 or email

This two-hour experience includes an organ discovery workshop, guided behind-the-scenes organ tour, and brief recital in Royal Festival Hall for one class of up to 32 students.

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Additional times may be available. Please call our group bookings line on 020 7960 4225 for the most up-to-date opportunities.