Upon its opening in 1834, visitors to Birmingham Town Hall were awestruck not only by the building’s impressive Roman Revival civic architecture, but also by the magnificence of its specially commissioned organ.

What made the organ so immediately and visually impressive to those first audiences were the huge 32 foot pipes that were, for the first time in England, incorporated into the decorative case front.

One of the very few organs of the time to have four manuals and a complete set of pedals, the size of the organ grew over the years, from 3,000 to 6,000 pipes.

Paid for from public funds, the instrument was a record breaker; being the largest organ in England at the time. Even today it is still comparable with the most powerful of cathedral organs around the world.

The organ’s reputation as one of England’s finest historical instruments has been confirmed by the excellence and reputation of the Birmingham City Organists who have continued to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility.

With recitals and organ-related educational activity planned upon the building’s re-opening, the internationally recognised instrument is integral to the musical past and future of Town Hall.

RESTORED TO GLORY

TOWNHALLORGAN CD

Released to celebrate the re-opening of Town Hall, Birmingham, and the restoration of its historic 1834 William Hill organ, Thomas Trotter presents a new recording of dazzling organ showpieces. Drawing from the great Town Hall tradition, the disc features pieces that demonstrate the instrument’s full range, including original organ works together with colourful orchestral transcriptions.

Restored to Glory is available for the price of £12.50 from the Symphony Hall Gift Shop on 0121 200 2382.

Produced by Regent Records, in association with Town Hall, Birmingham.

THETOWNHALLTRADITION

TOWNHALLORGANDVD

A dazzling display of virtuoso showpieces drawn from the concert hall tradition, including Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Thalben-Ball’s Paganini Variations and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, performed by Birmingham City Organist Thomas Trotter, in the stunning surroundings of Town Hall, Birmingham. Filmed in high definition and recorded in surround sound, this is a must for all visitors and music enthusiasts alike. The package also includes a separate audio CD and booklet. The Town Hall Tradition is available for the price of £17.99 from Symphony Hall Gift Shop on 0121 200 2382.

Produced by Regent Records, in association with Town Hall, Birmingham.