Pull Out all the Stops
Pull Out All the Stops: the Story of the Royal Festival Hall’s Organ
From the 18 March – 13 April
The Royal Festival Organ has spent the last 3 years being restored to its full glory. To celebrate the return home of the “wondrous machine” the Southbank team have created an interactive exhibition drawing together historic artefacts, curiosities, and magical mechanical machines.
There’s a long list of free event well worth a visit to the site. Here’s a small selection.
Create your own slap organ (Sat 22nd March)
Early Instrument Collection (Sat 22nd March) Explore the weird and wonderful sounds of the early instruments that inspired the organ.
DIY Organ Kit (Sat 22nd March) A family-friendly workshop that explores how the organ works. During the workshop you work together to solve the mysteries of how the organ works. Once you have successfully put it together you must then work as a team to play the instrument you have created, taking it in turns to compose and become the conductor of the Royal Festival Hall kit organ.
Auditorium Acoustics (Sun 23rd March) Learn all about the Royal Festival Hall’s unique acoustic in this hour-long talk.
Big Pipe Busk (Sun 24th March)
Make your own Radio 3 Multitrack mix (various) This opportunity for one-to-one tuition puts you in charge of the mixing desk. No experience needed. Come and mix your own multi-track with BBC sound engineers.
Full festival listings here