Union Chapel announces Organ Reframed festival


Union Chapel has announced details of this year’s Organ Reframed which will take place at the north London venue from 12 to 13 October.

Now in its third year, the festival aims to push ‘the boundaries of new music and cross-collaboration for organ’, and introduces new artists and audiences to the instrument.

Launching the festival will be a collection of short films by experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, interwoven with new works from electronic artists Philip Jeck, Sarah Davachi, and Darkstar, organist James McVinnie and the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO).

Hollywood film composer Hildur Guðnadóttir – who was recently commissioned to score the film Joker – will perform a new piece with James McVinnie and soloists from the LCO.

Elsewhere, Éliane Radigue’s first work for organ will be performed by Frédéric Blondy, while singer-songwriter Douglas Dare, multi-instrumentalists Terry Edwards and Seamus Peaghen are all set to perform.

Panellists taking part in discussions include Sherlock composer Michael Price, and there will also be a chance to explore the inner workings of Union Chapel’s unique Henry Willis organ.

Claire Singer, the festival’s curator and music director of the organ at Union Chapel said of the event: ‘Most people associate the organ with church or classical music and the festival is about showing that it is a hugely versatile instrument.

‘In fact it can be thought of as the world’s first synthesiser and can be incorporated into many different genres of music. To have the opportunity to build on the organ’s rich history and bring it to the attention of a new generation is incredibly exciting.’

For tickets, visit www.unionchapel.org.uk.

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