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Ornate though the Gothic Revival interior of Rochdale’s Town Hall is, it seems pastel pale compared to the lavish and luminous sound of its mighty 1913 J.J. Binns IV/53 organ. Jonathan Scott’s centenary celebration spans 300 years with a gleeful delight in showcasing an instrument rebuilt by J.W. Walker in 1979 and still sounding youthful and full voiced. Sitting comfortably alongside familiar pieces by Elgar, Bach, Wagner and Gounod, are Percy Fletcher’s fizzing Festival Toccata, Daquin’s delightful Le coucou, miniatures by Bonnet and Lefébure-Wély, and the compelling Act III finale from Philip Glass’s Satyagraha.

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