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Mr Monkey tours the Bridgewater Hall, 12th October

"Well, I can't see any wooden pipes"

Mr Monkey looking at the Bridgewater Hall organ Mr Monkey looking at a portrait of Mark Elder

Mr Monkey admired the Bridgewater's recital organ, designed and built by Marcussen and Søn of Denmark. There's 6025 pipes in the organ*, ranging from 2 inches to 32 feet long. Some of the pipes are tin and lead, and some are copper, and some are pine, but they all looked shiny to Mr Monkey. Then he was led backstage, where the first thing he noticed was a portrait of Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra.

You can read about the organ builders at the Marcussen and Søn website and about Mr Elder at the Hallé website.

* according to the manufacturers; the Bridgewater Hall website thinks they've only got "over 5500".

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