International Organ Series

Since 1954, the impressive sight of the organ, stretching the full width of the stage, has greeted audiences entering Royal Festival Hall.

The sound that emanates from the 7866 pipes is even more impressive, filling the space with ethereal fluting, rousing fanfares, or vibrations so deep that they are felt more than heard.

The organ was restored and re-launched on its 60th birthday in our Pull Out All The Stops festival, and since then the International Organ Series has brought opportunities to hear today’s finest exponents of the instrument in music old and new. This year we have commissioned British composer Judith Bingham to write a new piece which Stephen Farr will premiere in April.

The organ plays an important part in our festival Belief and Beyond Belief. From JS Bach’s search for the divine in musical structure to Messiaen’s colourful and passionate expressions of faith, we examine the instrument’s key role in Western Christian liturgy and worship.

Improvised organ music also played a vital part in the early history of cinema, and there is rare chance to hear a master of the art bring to life one of Alfred Hitchcock’s formative works, The Lodger, starring Ivor Novello.

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7:30 pm | 25 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Simon Johnson, the organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, performs music by Bach and Reubke
10:00 am | 18 Nov 2017
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Grab a coffee and explore Johann Sebastian Bach's experimental last work, The Art of Fugue.
7:30 pm | 21 Nov 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Bach’s last composition, left unfinished at his death, has long been the source of intrigue
7:30 pm | 26 Feb 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Daniel Cook performs Louis Vierne’s grand Sixth Organ Symphony
2:00 pm | 21 Apr 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Concert organist William Whitehead introduces Royal Festival Hall's pipe organ.
7:30 pm | 24 Apr 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
William Whitehead performs two new commissions to ‘complete’ Bach’s Orgelbüchlein

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