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Trent music students have been given the opportunity to visit Birmingham City Organist Thomas Trotter's, lunchtime organ recital in the famous Birmingham Symphony Hall.
The opportunity was courtesy of Old Trident Peter Smith (Wortley House 62-66). Peter, a strong supporter of Trent, had kindly arranged and funded the school visit following the successful trip to the Birmingham Town Hall which he arranged for Trent music students last year.
The Birmingham City Organist, Thomas Trotter, performed on the Symphony Hall’s magnificent Klais organ during the lunchtime recital which is steeped in tradition.
Steven Henderson, Head of Music at Trent College: “The recital was a virtuoso display of musicianship and Thomas Trotter used the enormous Symphony Hall organ to the full. It was an excellent opportunity for some of our GCSE and A Level Musicians to hear a world class performance and to meet and talk to the artist privately afterwards. Thomas Trotter answered questions about the organ, his playing career and experiences.
The Symphony Hall’s Organ Scholar demonstrated the instrument and some of our pupils were delighted to be able to play the instrument themselves.
A backstage tour included walking around amongst the organ’s 6000 pipes, which range up to 32 feet in length. Pupils were fascinated to see at close hand the Symphony Hall’s unique echo chambers. They also got to see the machinery that lifts sections of flooring and seating and moves them around on cushions of air to transform the hall space into different shapes and sizes.
It was wonderful to share the visit with OTs Peter Smith and Nigel White, the former President of the OT Society, who are both fans of organ music, and we were all extremely grateful to Peter for making the visit possible”.