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With the Autumn Term in full swing, Chapel is once again a cornerstone of life at St John’s. An exquisite new organ now takes pride of place in the School’s Chapel, having been installed over the summer holidays.
Thanks to generous donations from OJs and Friends of the School, work on the instrument is almost complete, although it will take a couple of months to settle. Over the course of the coming term experts from organ builder Kenneth Tickell Ltd will set to work voicing the organ, adjusting the sound of the pipes to fit the Chapel and complement the sound of our pupils in full song.
Chapel sits at the heart of the School, with the organ in particular being of central importance. Unlike many schools, St John’s also has a number of pupils taking organ lessons under the direction of Simon Bland, Assistant Director of Music, who is one of the country’s finest young organists.
Mr Bland commented, “The new organ is one of the great instruments of modern English organ building. It will be a great asset to the School, both locally and nationally.”
The organ was dedicated by the Bishop of Dorking on Sunday 13 September, with a recital by the internationally-renowned concert organist David Briggs planned for the Spring Term.
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