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St Nicholas’ Chapel organ is as good as ever

By Lynn News Reporter

St Nicholas Chapel organ (4413266)
St Nicholas Chapel organ (4413266)

The year 1900 saw ‘Father’ Henry Willis, England’s foremost Victorian organ builder, instal his last organ.

It was at King’s Lynn’s historic St Nicholas’ Chapel and, except for periodic servicing, has remained virtually as he built it.

Its most recent cleaning and overhaul was given this year by Richard Bower of Norwich and the organ has been awarded an Historic Organs Certificate by The British Institute of Organ Studies.

Recently at the Chapel a splendid concert was given by popular organist Peter Godden and, to supplement this, a fascinating video presentation was shown featuring the organ and its restoration.

I for one certainly learnt a lot about organs and their restoration from the presentation.

Peter gave a varied programme including works by J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, Faure, Finzi and Handel and the enthusiastic audience enjoyed this celebratory recital enormously.

Peter was especially effective, I thought, in the reflective pieces but brought the evening’s music to a close with a rousing account of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Thanks to all involved who enabled us to enjoy organ music played by Peter Godden on this historic instrument still sounding strong for well over one hundred years!

Andy Tyler

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