Orgelbewegung in north London

Our Lady & St Joseph, Balls Pond Road, London N1

The organ in the church of Our Lady and St Joseph, London N1I recently found my way to the church of Our Lady and St Joseph, 100 Balls Pond Road, London, N1 4AG.

The early 1960s building has a bright spacious interior.

 

 

The organ in the church of Our Lady and St Joseph, London N1The organ here is by J. W. Walker and Sons (1964).

It is a very nice English interpretation of the organ reform movement or orgelbewegung, a twentieth-century organ design tradition that began in Germany.

 

The organ in the church of Our Lady and St Joseph, London N1No concessions here to ‘romantic’/’symphonic’ organ design, although the temperament is equal.

 

 

 

The organ in the church of Our Lady and St Joseph, London N1The instrument is beautifully made, and more than 60 years on is still lovely to play. Works by the Baroque masters and Paul Hindemith ‘et al’ suit it very nicely.

Sadly, I had no opportunity to record the instrument . Next time maybe.