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Notice: Freemasons Announce First Virtual Organ Concert Of 2021

Published on: 10 Mar, 2021
Updated on: 10 Mar, 2021

Freemasons’ Hall has announced its first organ concert of 2021, which will take place on Tuesday, March 30, at 7pm.

The free event, being held virtually, will showcase the Willis pipe organ, which resides in the Grand Temple of Freemasons’ Hall in London. Completed in 1933, it is said to be an art deco masterpiece.

The 1933 Willis pipe organ in the Grand Temple of Freemasons’ Hall, London.

The concert is to be given by Carl Jackson, MVO, director of music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and he has held organ scholarships at Downing College, Cambridge as well as his current base of Chapel Royal.

Carl Jackson MVO, director of music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.

Before his current role at Hampton Court Palace, Mr Jackson taught at Goldsmiths’ College and he has held positions at Croydon Minster and St Peter’s, Eaton Square. He has also appeared regularly on television with the Chapel Royal choir and features with them on CDs. He was appointed MVO in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

Dr David Staples, chief executive of the United Grand Lodge of England, said: “It is an honour to welcome Carl Jackson to perform for our first organ concert of 2021. The virtual concert will bring world-class music and joy into people’s homes.”

The original organ was installed in 1933 by Henry Willis, the third generation of an extended family line of organ builders. It was renovated in Durham by Harrison & Harrison in 2014 which included cleaning, repairing and re-voicing the existing mechanisms, as well as mounting a new case of some 400 pipes on the east wall.

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