Tuesday 14 June 2016
Royal College of Music Commissions New Organ
The Royal College of Music has commissioned renowned Dutch organ builder Flentrop Orgelbouw to build a new organ for the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. The new instrument is due to be completed in January 2018 and will replace the current organ at the rear of the Concert Hall platform, which after over 100 years of service to RCM musicians is no longer in working order.
Professor Colin Lawson CBE, Director of the Royal College of Music, said: ‘I am delighted that Royal College of Music students will soon enjoy an exceptional new organ and benefit from the wealth of experience and fine craftsmanship of Flentrop Orgelbouw. Continual investment in the student experience is at the heart of everything we do at the RCM.’
Frits Elshout (pictured with RCM Artistic Director Stephen Johns), General Director of Flentrop Orgelbouw, said: ’I am honoured that Flentrop Orgelbouw have been selected to build the new organ for the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall and am very excitied to work with the world-famous Royal College of Music in creating the new instrument.’
The new organ will provide a wonderful new facility for RCM organ students. They currently have access to the RCM’s own selection of mechanical action instruments, including a 34-stop three-manual organ by JW Walker in the College’s West Parry Room. RCM organ students also have the opportunity to perform and have lessons on organs outside the RCM, including at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.