Hero & Leander Opus 33 Victor Herbert
31 October 2016, 11:41
Wayne Marshall is one of today’s very best organists – so we thought we’d set him a challenge. Here's what happened when we asked him to play an improvisation on pieces suggested *by you*
It has 7,866 pipes – the longest of which is 32 feet. The whole organ is over 60 feet (or 18 metres) wide and each of the four manuals (that's keyboards to you and me) have 61 notes.
We asked you to get in touch with themes for him to improvise on. Here are some of your suggestions:
First, he kicked off with the theme from Mission Impossible, turning it into a majestic organ symphony
Wayne Marshall improvises on the Mission Impossible theme
An epic improvisation…
The music for Harry Potter – on organ
Wayne Marshall improvises on John Williams' famous theme
On paper this sounds insane: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music from Phantom of the Opera with the Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem as a counter-theme.
And insane it actually was…
Phantom of the Opera meets Verdi's Requiem
Wayne Marshall creates an epic improvisation
Rachmaninov's Vocalise – as part of Wayne Marshall's improvisation
Played on the Royal Festival Hall organ
Sit back, relax and let the awesomeness transport you…
Wayne Marshall's COMPLETE epic improvisation
On the enormous Royal Festival Hall organ
And if you want to hear the Royal Festival Hall's organ in action, there are plenty of opportunities in their International Organ Series.