McVicker

A Selection of Projects

New Organs
  • Odiham Parish Church, Hampshire (2-manual mechanical action)
  • Organ gifted to HM the Queen; resided in Mansion House and now in Westminster Abbey (2 manual, mechanical action)
  • Culham chapel a private estate in Henley-on-Thames (2 manual, mechanical action)
  • St Mary, Merton (2 manual, mechanical action)
  • Tour organ for Diageo PLC for Jonny Walker Blue Label Whisky (2 manual extension organ with automatic performance functions)

 

Rebuilds
  • Worcester College, Oxford
  • Westminster Central Hall, London
  • St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
  • Organ gifted to HM the Queen; resided in Mansion House and now in Westminster Abbey (2 manual, mechanical action)
  • St Michael's church, Cornhill, London

 

Relocations
  • TC Lewis organ from St Peter's Church, Dulwich to St Augustine's Church, Tooting, London
  • Porritt organ from Leicester Methodist Church to All Saints', Denmead
  • Holdich organ from The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford to Sidlesham Parish Church, Sussex

 

Project Development
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • St Paul’s Cathedral, London
  • Manchester Town Hall
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Chelsea old church

 

Advice on Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Project applications
  • Union Chapel, Islington (with Ian Bell)
  • St John Notting Hill (with John Norman)
  • St John Hyde Park (with John Rowntree)
  • St Michael, Cornhill, London
  • St Mary’s church, Wanstead (with Ian Bell)

 

Historic Restoration
  • Royal Festival Hall, London (Harrison & Harrison, 1954)
  • The Moot Hall, Colchester (Norman & Beard, 1901)
  • St Peter’s College, Oxford ('Father' Willis, 1860s)
  • Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich (England,1760)
  • Christ Church, Spitalfields (Bridge, 1735 — with Nicholas Thistlethwaite)

 

William McVicker
BA PhD LRAM ARCO HonFIMIT HonARAM

William McVicker is Organ Curator at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Director of Music at St Barnabas Church Dulwich and a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music. An experienced musician with a keen ear for organ tone, he offers advice on matters technical and musical, specialising in acoustics, liturgy, architecture, project management, HLF funding applications and educational outreach work.

William read music as Organ Scholar at the College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham University, subsequently becoming Caedmon Fellow and Director of Music. He won a scholarship to study the organ in Paris in 1984 and a British Academy Scholarship to study for a PhD in technical aspects of organ design.

As a performer William has appeared throughout the UK and Europe, including solo appearances with the RPO under Carl Davis and in the Canary Islands in Janácek's Glagolitic Mass, Saint-Saëns's Third Symphony and Poulenc's Organ Concerto. He has conducted eleven stage productions and has undertaken extensive broadcast and recording work.

William has published on various matters including organ design and performance practice, and four books in the education series Targeting Music for Schott & Co. He is Organs Adviser to the Diocese of Southwark, currently Chairman of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers, a member of the Church Buildings Organs Committee and a Trustee of the ON Fund. An Honorary Member of the Institute of Musical Instrument Technology, he was recently elected an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

He holds full Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurances and his project work can be found on the next page. 

 


Contact

  • Telephone: 020 8 650 6383
  • Mobile: 07940 045824
  • Fax: n/a
  • E-mail: williamMc@aioa.org.uk
  • Web: www.stbarnabasdulwich.org

The organ of St Mary's parish church Merton, London