Bath Abbey holds concert using 4 hands, 4 feet and 3 instruments

Bath Abbey will be hosting a unique concert on Friday 9 July at 6.30pm that will feature two of the Abbey musicians playing with 4 hands, 4 feet and 3 different instruments.

The concert forms part of the Abbey’s Evening Organ Concert series and will feature the Abbey’s Director of Music, Huw Williams and Assistant Director of Music, Shean Bowers performing duets together on the organ and piano.

The music played will include items from Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, one of Mozart’s last pieces the Fantasia in F minor and a duet on an Easter hymn by John Rutter.

Huw Williams, Director of Music at Bath Abbey, said: “We frequently hold organ concerts with this world famous Klais organ, but to hear it combined with our glorious Steinway piano in the unique acoustics of the newly restored Abbey will be a special type of event.  We will be playing music written in Venice for 2 different organs, and the contrasting tone and styles of the piano, chamber organ and the magnificent Klais organ will make this event a special type of concert worth coming to.’

There will also be a demonstration of the organ – highest and lowest pipes and an insight into how the instrument works. So if you’ve always wondered why are there so many pipes, and why are there 4 keyboards on the organ when the player only has 2 hands, this is the time to come and find out!

Tickets cost £7 and are available from Eventbrite or the Abbey Shop. For more information, please see our what’s on section.