Monday 27 November - 6.00pm to 9.00pm - Visit to Freemasons' Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
Please be at the main entrance at 5.50pm.
Registration is essential for this visit, so that further information and instructions can be sent to you if needed - if you are interested in attending, please contact us.
Freemasons' Hall was built between 1927 and 1933 as a memorial to the 3,225 Freemasons who died on active service in the First World War. The 3-manual Henry Willis organ was installed in 1933, and completely restored in 2015 by Harrison and Harrison. The influence of Skinner on the console design comes about from Willis' visits to the USA to hear his instruments. Originally it had two cases to right and left of the console, but it was found that the pipes were speaking to the sides of the hall rather than straight into it. For this reason a third case with a new chorus and Grand Tuba was hung at the back to speak directly into the hall, thus increasing the organ's effect.
After the visit, we will retire for some 'Christmas' drinks.
Nearest tube stations: Holborn (Piccadilly and Central Lines), Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)