Hull concert hall organ celebrates centenary


Hull's largest organ is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a special concert in the city.

The organ at Hull City Hall is the third largest in the country and has entertained audiences including Queen Elizabeth and King George VI in 1941.

Organists are practising on the instrument's 6,000 pipes for its centenary concert this Saturday.

Dr John Pemberton, the organist at Hull City Hall, said: "People travel from all over the country to listen to it."

He added: "It is the range of colour and dynamic range that really makes it an outstanding musical instrument."

Narrow escape

The organ was built by local firm Foster and Andrews in March 1911.

During the Second World War the organ narrowly escaped destruction when the Luftwaffe bombed the city.

Since then it has undergone two restorations including a major refurbishment between 1985 and 1991 costing over £300,000.

James Lancelot, an organist at Durham Cathedral and who is performing at the City Hall, believes it will survive for another 100 years.

He said: "There [are] a lot of projects to get young people interested in playing the organ and it really only takes one visit to light the spark and you can be hooked for life.

"I think that's how a lot of organists got interested - I know that's how it was for me."