Guildhall organ to make debut

Guildhall's newly refurbished organ.
Guildhall's newly refurbished organ.

A special event is being organised to mark the debut performance on the Guildhall’s newly refurbished organ in the Main Hall.

Some of the finest musicians and choristers will come together to celebrate the unveiling of the Guildhall Organ, the second largest concert organ in the north, at the special event in June.

The instrument, which dominates the stage of the Main Hall, has been restored to its former glory as part of a £10m restoration project.

The Organ Recital will be held on June 26 in association with the Honourable the Irish Society – original funders of the Guildhall building, where the organ was first introduced as a feature of the Main Hall in 1891.

Catherine Ennis, Codetta, and senior choristers from Christ’s Hospital and St Mary’s College, will all bring their vocal talents to the event which will also feature narrative by Sir Roger Gifford.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said the event would be the perfect showcase for the organ:

“The restoration work has really transformed the organ and it’s fantastic to see the final stage in the renovation of the Guildhall being completed.”

Tickets are now available from the Guildhall and Tower Museum and also online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-organ-event-at-the-guildhall-tickets-19741174384.