The Union Chapel Islington Welcomes WOOFYT

15 July 2013

To celebrate the refurbishment of the organ the WOOFYT was invited as part of a week of celebrations between 14th and 20th July 2013.

To celebrate the refurbishment of the organ the WOOFYT was invited as part of a week of celebrations between 14th and 20th July 2013.

The WOOFYT with its presenter Jeremy Sampson was in the hall that had been used for Sunday School.The room had a  balcony here were individual rooms for different age groups as part of Sunday School.

Jeremy varies his presentation depending on his audience, this being very much a family affair. The Minister, the Rev Karen Stallard, also took part.  It was possible to pump the WOOFYT as well as take part in playing as jobs were shared and changed.  One advantage of the event taking place in a church is that the church organ can be demonstrated and compared to the one octave WOOFYT organ.  Jeremy demonstrated the different stops and how he could play 4 notes at once and also the use of various pedals.  People of all ages took part in playing the WOOFYT.  Time Out providing at least one precipitant.

During the second WOOFYT session Simon Johnson, organist St Paul’s Cathedral, arrived to rehearse his inaugural recital with the newly restored Henry Willis Organ his event was at 7pm.

One event of note during this Organ Week of Events is ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ a 1928 silent film by Carl Dyer, starring Renee Falconetti and with Irene Buckley’s score for soprano and organ. The week ends on the 20th June with a Gala concert for Organ and strings.  Events at the Union Chapel can be found at: - http://store.unionchapel.org.uk/

The branch would like to thank the staff of Union Chapel for their organisation of the WOOFYT event particularly Claire Singer, music director and the minister the Rev Karen Stallard for the use of church facilities. IOP physics bugs were presented at the end of each WOOFYT session