The inauguration and blessing of our new Grand Organ was a truly spiritual experience.
Thank you to all who contributed to the Liturgy, ushering and serving .
The Grand Organ of Our Lady of Victories was commissioned in 2019, and completed in 2021. There are 53 speaking stops over four manual divisions and pedals. Built by the Slovenian firm Skrabl, it is constructed and voiced in the French Symphonic style—inspired by the 19th century work of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Inspiration for the instrument and console is drawn from several Parisian instruments: Notre Dame Cathedral, La Madeleine, and Sacre Coeur. This French style is also imbued with a number of British design features and 21st-Century characteristics, such as a 'pedal divide' function. Some of the pipework from the old instrument was retained and restored, and these surviving pipes have been incorporated into the new organ, alongside the brand new pipework. The versatility of the instrument allows the organ to be used very effectively in a wide range of musical styles. both for the accompaniment of choral repertoire, improvisation, and for solo organ music. The organ design process was led by Director of Music Timothy Macklin to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude ,and consultant David Bednall; with advice from several leading international organists. The inauguration of the Grand Organ will conclude with the opening concert on Thursday 20 January 2022 at 19h30, given by
Olivier LATRY, organiste titulaire of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
The 2022 Grand Organ Inauguration Festival will continue with two more concerts. Tickets for all concerts (£10 each): https://olov-kensington.eventbrite.co.uk
- Friday 29 April 2022: 19h30 (Wayne MARSHALL - International Concert Organist)
- Friday 1 July 2022: 19h30 (Johann VEXO - Nancy Cathedral and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.)
Grand Organ recital by Olivier Latry
We regret that it will not be possible to live stream the Organ recital A recording of the concert will be made available shortly afterward.