Organs of London

An unusual combination of fleshy organs and architectonic musical instruments - Mander Organs, London, July 2017

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ORGANS OF LONDON - Mander Organs, London, July 2017

As part of the Art Night Associate Programme 2017, Bompas & Parr invited guest to feast on bestial organs in the presence of operational and in-construction pipe organs.

Offering the combination of cathedrals of faith combined with cathedrals of taste, people were invited to embark on a journey through the world of organs: the experience were collectively conveying the nuanced palate of offal against the power of the pipe organ in an amazing evening of storytelling, sustenance and sonic succour.

In collaboration with London’s oldest pipe organ builder Mander Organs and St Peter’s Bethnal Green church, Bompas & Parr curated an evening of extraordinary culinary and musical tastes. The experience begun with an offal-centric banquet within the workshops of Mander Organs in east London – as the last remaining organ works in the capital guests learned about the skilled craftsmanship required to create these most enigmatic of instruments.

Dining in the workspace where many of London’s pipe organs have been manufactured since the 1930s, visitors indulged in an array of feral organs, from roasted duck hearts to testicle kievs, a menu that was not for the faint hearted!

Next, guests embarked on a tour around the metal pipe shop and wood mill, where further delights were to be discovered including an ‘Operation Table’ which acted as a sculptural centrepiece of organ delights to be feasted on throughout the night.

The evening culminated in a performance of pipes across the courtyard from Mander Organs in St Peter’s Bethnal Green church, after descending into the 19th century crypt for meat-based desserts.

The unusual combination of fleshy organs and architectonic musical instruments made for an evocative and one-of-a-kind multi-sensory evening.