On a night where wet and windy weather hammered on the Cheltenham College Chapel door, it did little to dampen the spirits of those attending an Organ recital by Thomas Trotter on Saturday evening.
The audience sat mesmerised by as one of Britain's most highly acclaimed musicians and sought after organists performed pieces from the likes of Bach, Schumann and Rebuke.
This well attended event marked an eagerly awaited occasion and offered the chance to hear College’s enhanced Harrison & Harrison instrument in the hands of one of the world’s greatest organists.
In 2013, thanks to generous donations, the Pedal Ophicleide was completely revoiced on lower wind pressure and a 32ft Double Ophicleide was added, completing the tonal scheme and creating one of the most successful organs of its type, perfectly suited to the warm acoustic of our beautiful Chapel.
It was fitting that many of those involved in supporting the instrument’s modification and enhancement, including past College parent and professional musician Steve Winwood, were able to join us to mark this special occasion. The chapel organ is central to College life and we are eternally grateful for the very kind donations that have provided us with an organ that all of us at College are extremely proud of.
"The quality of Thomas' performance was brilliant and the whole recital showed the College organ at its best. It was an unforgettable evening and a fitting celebration for the new additions." Alexander Ffinch, College Organist