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The Shrewsbury Biscuit Podcast: ”Hillie” at Shrewsbury Abbey

Alex Whiteley November 16, 2021

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Recorded at Shrewsbury Abbey, Alex Whiteley speaks to Nigel and Isla about the exciting conclusion to an 18 month restoration for the Organ “Hillie” that is 110 years in the making.

When I think of a church organ, I think of a piano looking instrument that is surrounded by big tubes. That was my basic and only understanding.
That was before this day, when I was invited INSIDE “Hillie” the organ. Once I understood the complexity of an instrument, that is the moment I realised the enormity of the task of rebuilding “Hillie”

Nigel talks about the history of the organ and how it ended up spending 110 years unfinished. After 18 months, hard work and quarter of a million pounds “Hillie” sounds better than ever.

Isla tells us about some of the projects that they have planned at the Abbey that will utilise the fresh sounding organ including a live play along to the 1922 movie Nosferatu on the 16th October. Check the Shrewsbury Abbey website to find out all the details

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