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Colchester Moot Hall Organ Project

Posted: Friday 23rd January

Colchester Moot Hall Organ Project

Colchester Town Hall’s majestic Edwardian Organ is being returned to its former glory through a restoration project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The organ was removed from the Moot Hall in July 2014 and will be reinstated in Spring 2015 to be heard and enjoyed by people of all ages and by future generations. The restoration is accompanied by an exciting programme of outreach, education and performance activities involving the local community.

The instrument is currently being reinstalled in the Moot Hall by Harrison & Harrison Ltd and as the project goes on there are a number of special events such as a Question and Answer evening session about the reinstallation of the Moot Hall organ on Tuesday 10th February with the organ builders. There will also be a demonstration on voicing techniques by Andrew Scott on Wednesday 4 March 7.00pm in the Moot Hall.

The Project is also offering local schools free creative sessions as part of an exciting programme of educational activities for Colchester school pupils. Sessions will take place on Monday 26 – Thursday 29 January and Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 February. The sessions will explore the musical, tonal, material and creative qualities of the Moot Hall Organ using contemporary art and involving artists and musicians. Artist Willow Mitchell, composer and sound artist Duncan Chapman and musician Tim Phillips have created beautiful sessions for pupils and teachers to explore how to Build an Organ and The Colour of Sound. These sessions are free but spaces are very limited so please contact them as soon as possible to register your interest and find out what slots are available. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

In other important news The Friends of the Moot Hall Organ will initiate an Organ Scholarship for students under the age of 21 — an opportunity to work alongside Borough Organist Ian Ray. If you would like to register an interest in this scholarship, or to receive details, you should register your interest and send an email to

You will find more information on their great new website supporting the project.

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