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Pull Out All The Stops Organ Festival at Southbank Centre

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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Pull Out All The Stops

If you have ever wondered where your lottery money goes, you can discover some of the results at the Southbank Centre. After being granted funding from the Lottery Heritage fund, the Royal Festival Hall's 7,866-pipe organ underwent a six year restoration, which has finally come to completion. The process involved repairing, cleaning, overhauling the electrics, and reinstalling. Looking magnificent once more, the Southbank Centre want to celebrate, not only the organ's reinstatement, but also it's sixtieth anniversary, having been installed in 1954.

Between the 18th March - 7th June, they will Pull Out All The Stops for an Organ Festival full of recitals, workshops, and discussions.

Tickets to the Gala Launch are 15-25, and will feature a celebrity cast of organists who will join Southbank's resident London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras. Pieces will not only include famous works by Bach and Mendelssohn, but also specially commissioned compositions by Sir John Tavener Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Other exciting events include a Q&A about how radio programmes are made, and community childrens' choirs, and the opportunity to mix your own multi track with Radio 3.

Until the 13th April, there will be a free exhibition featuring drawings, historic artefacts, and musical works that show the process involved in producing a performance.

There the will also be the chance to learn how the organ works, and how to play it.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 18th March-7th June
Phone: 44 (0)20 7960 4200
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: Free-40
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