Thursday 26 April at 7.30pm
St Alban's Church Ilford, 86 Albert Road, Ilford IG1 1HW
Hauptwerk talk and demonstration by Charles Whitham, followed by a hands-on session where members will have an opportunity to try out the organ and the different sample sets.
Until fairly recently, organists had a choice between either a pipe or electronic organ. The latter at first used electronically synthesised sound which bore little resemblance to the real thing, but the development of computers and computer software enabled the sounds made by real pipe organs to be recorded (or ‘sampled’) for use in “digital” organs. The leader in Virtual Pipe Organs is Hauptwerk. Different companies in America and Europe have sampled nearly 200 organs of all kinds and sizes, which can be played using the Hauptwerk system.
The session will explain how the system works and can be set up, and will demonstrate various sample sets, including the Trost organ of Waltershausen, Germany (an organ Bach may have played), the Cavaillé Coll organ of Notre Dame de Metz, France, the Johann Andreas Silbermann organ of Ebersmünster in Alsace, and the 87 stop Goerlitz Sonnenorgel in eastern Germany, built by the Swiss organ builders Mathis Orgelbau (completed 2006). The demonstration will use a three manual keyboard stack made by Orgelhaus im Stiftland in Bavaria, a Viscount midi pedalboard, German Adam speakers and subwoofer, an iMac computer, an Acer touchscreen and a £79 Thyge table made by IKEA!
If you are interested in attending this event, please contact us.