Centennial Organ Recital by Thomas Trotter

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Marchmont House

Greenlaw

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World renowned organ virtuoso Thomas Trotter celebrates the centenary of the fully restored pipe organ in Marchmont's magnificent Music Room

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This year will mark the 100th Anniversary of both Marchmont’s Music Room and Pipe Organ and we plan to celebrate the occasion in style.

Join us for an evening with Thomas Trotter, one of the finest organ recitalists in the world, as he 'gives voice' to the organ’s 1,962 individual pipes that Marchmont has recently so lovingly restored.

Tickets are limited to an audience of just 150 and include a Champagne reception immediately after the recital, in the company of Thomas.

Sponsored by Bruce Stephenson Insurance Brokers, and Champagne Deutz every ticket purchased helps us towards our dream of building sustainable creativity and preserving yesterday’s handcrafted skills for generations to come.

Marchmont’s vision to become a Home for Makers and Creators finds its foundations in the fabric of its very own history. For it was in 1919, just one year after the end of the First World War and almost 170 years after the house was originally built, that it experienced a complete makeover at the hands of the celebrated Scottish Architect and furniture designer, Sir Robert Lorimer. Lorimer was an Ambassador for Scotland’s Arts and Crafts movement and among the masterpieces of craftsmanship that he brought to Marchmont was the construction and panelling of the Music Room. Such an accomplishment deserved its own pièce de résistance and this, installed the same year, took the form of the majestic Pipe Organ crafted by William Hill and Son and Norman & Beard.

We are also gratful to our 'local hero' supporters who have also made this event possible:

THOMAS TROTTER is rightly regarded as one of the most brilliant concert organists currently on the world stage. Trotter’s performances are invigorating, revealing the inner details of the music. He consistently chooses appropriate tempos and projects strong rhythm. His nuanced playing takes advantage of this instrument’s sensitive and responsive action. A virtuoso’s virtuoso, he harnesses his immaculate technique and musicianship to serve every aspect of the music.”

- James Hildreth, The American Organist

EVENT TIMING

    17:30 - Doors open & welcome refreshments

    18:00 - Introductions & restoration insight

    18:15 - Recital

    19:15 - Champagne Reception

    20:15 - Closing address

    20:30 - Event Ends

SEATING

Please note, standard seating is unreserved, so please arrive in good time.

DRESS CODE

'Cocktail attire'

THE PROGRAMME

J.S.BACH 1685-1750 Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565

J.C.BACH 1735-1782 Concerto in D Op 1 no 6

Allegro assai – Andante – Allegro moderato

C.V.STANFORD 1852-1924 Prelude on an old Irish melody

A.ROWLEY 1892-1958 Rustic Suite

Sunlit Morning – June Idyll -

The Gentle Shepherd – Rustic Scherzo

K.VOLANS b.1949 Walking Song

E.ELGAR 1892-1958 Pomp & Circumstance March No 1

ABOUT THE PIPE ORGAN

The Marchmont Pipe Organ is by Norman and Beard and William Hill

The first specification for Marchmont’s pipe organ dates from October 1914, issued by Norman & Beard Ltd. By the time of the final installation in 1919, the firm had amalgamated with William Hill Ltd and the combined company enjoyed a ‘golden period’ until the early 1920s during which they produced many large instruments, the most notable being at Norwich and Litchfield cathedrals. The gradual demise of church building in the 1920s led them to cinema organ production and when that also dried up with the advent of the ‘talkies’, they focussed on servicing contracts until 1998 when the company was finally wound up.

The instrument, recorded in the National Pipe Organ Register as D06314 is housed in a magnificent case designed by Sir Robert Lorimer who was responsible for the design and installation of the Music Room between 1914 and 1919.

In 2016, after nearly 100 years of faithful service, it was obvious that the instrument had developed some serious issues and had become unplayable.

Forth Pipe Organs Ltd of Rosyth were entrusted with an off-site restoration which took about 12 months to complete after which a further 4 months were required to re-install the instrument behind its screen.

Dismantling and removing the instrument from its case took 4 skilled craftsmen 2 months to remove the 1,962 pipes, bellows and countless soundboards. All the bellows and motors were re-skinned. The wooden pipes were restored and new tuning sliders made for the metal ones. All the soundboards were restored and re-felted, while the blower was overhauled and new flex leads installed.

The painstaking restoration has given this historic instrument a new 100 year lease of life for the enjoyment of all here-present, now and in the future.

- Francis Raeymaekers , Marchmont Curator

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Marchmont House

Greenlaw

Duns

Duns

TD10 6YL

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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