On Saturday 1 February at 19.30 Thomas Trotter, probably one of Britain's most highly acclaimed musicians and sought after organists, will present a recital to mark the occasion of the installation of the 32-foot Double Ophicleide.
The organ was originally built in 1897 and housed in the magnificent Prothero case, by Norman & Beard. It was rebuilt and extended by Harrison and Harrison first in 1930 and has continued to enthrall College not only when providing accompaniment for the famously robust congregational singing in Chapel, but also as an instrument capable of achieving a wide range of colour and dynamics.
Its three manuals (keyboards) and pedals encompass a well-balanced traditionally voiced instrument which is very well suited to the liturgical and choral needs of an independent school with a renowned and highly regarded musical tradition. It is therefore to these fine qualities of the instrument, which is also fantastically versatile in recital, that the present addition of a 32-foot Double Ophicleide' stop will dramatically lend itself. So be warned, an even more profound bone-shaking depth of resonance is to be expected!
College is very grateful for all the generous contributions towards the instrument's modification and enhancement. Steve Winwood, past parent at College and professional musician is as passionate about our organ as we are, and kindly offered to match every gift to this project to the total value of £10,000.
Alex Peterken, Headmaster, commented "We can hardly wait to hear Thomas Trotter play the College organ once again, particularly as there is now this incredible new feature! It is going to be an evening to remember."
Admission to the recital on Saturday 1 February at 19.30 is FREE. However, advance booking is required due to the popularity of this event.
For all enquiries and to reserve a place please contact Cheltenham College Reception
01242 265600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org