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Early 18th-century English organs in original condition are rare and relatively undervalued. These instruments have discreet national characteristics and can inform cultural, religious and aesthetic tastes of the period. This historic organ, restored by Mander’s in 2009, is pitched at A455Hz and tuned to 1/6 comma meantone temperament. Whitehead’s programme covers repertoire from the Restoration and Georgian periods. The organ is small, so Purcell’s French-inspired Voluntary for ye Duble Organ (a basse et dessus de tierce, I reckon) had to be played on one manual. The playing is secure, measured and stylish – very appropriate for the period.

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