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no. 105

March 2011

2 manuals
10 speaking stops

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Christ's Hospital
Dining Hall


"Father" Willis, 1876



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There can't be many schools in the country (or, indeeed, in the world) that have four pipe-organs on site. But how many, I wonder, can boast of a working "Father" Willis in their Dining Hall?!.

One of the venues visited during the 2010 IAO Congress was Christ's Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex, and as delegates were ushered in the school's Dining Hall for morning coffee we were greeted by the exceptional (unique?) sight of a such an organ standing in the corner surrounded by dining tables and trays.
Director of Music Adrian Bawtree welcomed us by demonstrating this small, but unmolested, Willis before playing a recital on the five-manual Rushworth & Dreaper in the school chapel.

The "Father" Willis organ was originally installed in Christ's Hospital Girls School, which was then at Hertford. It was moved (by Hill Norman & Beard) to the Music School at Christ's Hospital, Horsham, in 1985, and moved to its present location at the school in 2002 by Pat Christian.
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