Organ Reframed 2016

Organ Reframed 2016


The inaugural Organ Reframed took place at Union Chapel 7 -10 October 2016



Over the 3 nights we saw a varied programme of film, intimate solo sets, ensemble improvisations and large scale commissions. A festival of experimental music, it challenged perceptions and showed our extraordinary 1877 organ in a new light.



Nosferatu film screening with premiere of new score by Irene Buckley for organ/electronics/viola/cello

Friday 7th October, doors 7pm

Organ: James McVinnie.
Electronics: Irene Buckley.
Viola: Robert Ames.
Cello: Laura Moody.

Commissioned for the opening of Organ Reframed, composer Irene Buckley premieres her new score accompanying the gothic silent film masterpiece, Nosferatu. An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema.

Nosferatu Premiere


Daylight Music 235: Organ Reframed Special

Saturday 8th October, doors 12pm

Performers: Lætitia Sadier, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Ed Dowie and Angèle David-Guillou

This very special Organ Reframed edition of Daylight Music will take a stripped down approach focusing on the powerful combination of organ and voice.


Simon Scott



Saturday 8th October, doors 6pm

Performers: Charles Matthews, Fennesz, Philip Jeck,Simon Scott, Claire M Singer, John Beaumont and The Eternal Chord

Spire, an experimental music programme for organ and electronics combining works ancient and modern carefully curated by Charles Matthews, organist, and Mike Harding, creative producer (Touch).


Five new commissions for James McVinnie and the London Contemporary Orchestra

Sunday 9th October 6.30pm

Composers: Craig Armstrong, Mark Fell, Alex Groves, Chaines and Catherine Lamb

Internationally renowned organist James McVinnie and the London Contemporary Orchestra, one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles premiere five new works from prolific composers in celebration of the final night of Organ Reframed.

London Contemporary Orchestra and James McVinnie



A Knowing Space: Sound installation for organ pipes and transducers by Bill Thompson

7th – 9th October, accessible at events only

Specially commissioned for Organ Reframed A Knowing Space explores the idea of resonance using durations and timings derived from prime numbers as well as the pitches of organ pipes. The installation is played through seven pipes using transducers that vibrate and fill the space.



All photos by Daniela Sbrisny