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On Thursday 13 May, the first of three exciting and interactive Organ Workshops took place in the School Chapel. Led by Old Blue Daniel Greenway, from the Class of 2020, 22 students were enlightened on the mysteries and magic of what Mozart called the ‘King of Instruments’.

The workshops, which have been funded by donations to our Pipe Up appeal, form part of our Blue Coat For All project’s legacy program, supported by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, which was awarded to restore our historic and rare 1875 Father Willis organ, in Shirley Hall.

It is believed we are the only UK state school with two large pipe organs, the Father Willis and the Chapel Walker, which inspired the new Blue Coat School Organ Scholarship, using these two instruments and their giant ‘cousins’ in Liverpool Anglican and Liverpool Metropolitan cathedrals.

Daniel, an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, and Organ Scholar at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, opened the workshop with a brief introduction to the organ’s origins and provided a fascinating insight into how it works. Students were also encouraged to try playing our Walker organ. We are incredibly lucky to have Daniel’s services, as in October he will become Oxford University’s Keble College Organ Scholar.

Next week Daniel will be in Shirley Hall talking about the different types of organ, such as church, concert hall, cinema, and electronic, on Thursday 20 May, from 3 pm to 4 pm. It is hoped that the workshops will motivate students in Years 7 to 9 to apply for the next Blue Coat School Organ Scholarship during the Autumn Term.

All students are welcome to attend the workshops, even if you missed the first one, on Thursday 20 and 27 May. To confirm your place, please email Peter Elson, Blue Coat For All Project Manager, at: 

Our thanks go to our Pipe Up supporters for generously donating to this appeal. If you would like to find out more about our Pipe Up campaign or make a donation, please click here

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