Opus 1

The first organ was finished as we celebrated Christmas in 1980, and my elder daughter Pip was born on Boxing Day.  Its design shows some naivety, with all our ideas packed into a small organ, but on those occasions when we have re-visited it over the years, I have been impressed.  It was commissioned by the viol-player, the late Trevor Jones, for use with the Consort of Musicke.  One of my high points with it was a concert in the Wigmore Hall in December 1982, which the BBC transmitted live, as a snowstorm prevented them from leaving London.  Martin and I took turns lifting the bellows by hand, in the middle of the stage, to tremendous applause.  It now belongs to David Lawson, Director of Music at Monmouth School.