Bompas & Parr

Organs of London

An unexpectedly harmonious combination of fleshy organs and architectonic musical instruments.
Organs of London

A ferral showcase of bestial and pipe organs

London, 2017: As part of the Art Night Associate Programme 2017, Bompas & Parr invited guests to feast on bestial organs in the presence of pipe organs.

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, combining instruments of faith with organs of taste and bodily function.

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 enigmatic instruments.

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

Further gourmet delights were to be discovered as participants toured the workshops, including an ‘Operation Table’ sculptural centrepiece, intended to be grazed on throughout the night.

The evening culminated in a performance of pipes in St Peter’s Bethnal Green church, after descending into the 19th century crypt for meat-based desserts – the finale of a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory evening.