Monday, 11 April 2011

News - St Fagans Museum recreates medieval organ (Worksop Medieval organ)

VISITORS to St Fagans National History Museum will be transported to the Middle Ages after a medieval organ was created from scratch.

The organ is based on a few surviving medieval organ parts and has been built using traditional materials and manufacturing techniques and using cutting edge research and creative archaeology. It will be housed at the St Teilo's Church, and will play authentic music from the era.

Professor John Harper, who is leading the research at Bangor University's School of Music, said: "The organ is attempting to recreate the type of instrument known to have been used around 1520, the period that St Teilo's itself has been decorated and furnished to represent."

Also part of the research team is Sally Harper, senior lecturer at Bangor University, who explained that the organ was modelled on one of the very last medieval organ cases left in Wales. "We found the case in Old Radnor [in Powys], it had new pipes, but the case was an original, we don't know how it survived," she said.

The organ was constructed by the Worksop firm of Goetze and Gwynn

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