From January to mid-February 2009 the organ underwent repairs. Three of the largest pipes in the south-west corner of the organ were collapsing under their own weight, and a few pipes inside the organ needed repairing. Organ builders Harrison & Harrison removed parts of the organ for repair and produced the following reports:
- Harrison & Harrison's overview of the repairs (pdf, 630KB)
- The pipemaker's report (pdf, 840KB)
- The revised organ specifications (pdf, 46KB)
DVD of the Chapel organ
A DVD of Stephen Cleobury playing the Chapel organ has just been released. Stephen is the Director of Music at King's, and he plays pieces by various composers including Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Elgar. In the video below he plays the wedding favourite 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' by Handel.
The music is accompanied by footage of King's College, of the magnificent Chapel, and of the organ itself. The organ dates back to 1605 but much of it, including the console, is invisible to the public. This DVD gives you a unique insight into the structure of the organ and how it is played.
The DVD also includes an interview with Stephen Cleobury, in which he demonstrates how the organ works and discusses his career as an organist. Although best known for being Director of the King's College choir, Stephen has had a long and distinguished career as an organist. He began organ lessons at 13 and went on to be Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral and President of the Royal College of Organists.
The DVD comes with a free CD of the music as well as extensive cover notes. You can buy it from the publisher Priory Records or from The Shop at King's on King's Parade, Cambridge.