Glasgow

butelarge
BUTE HALL, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

1901 Lewis & Co. / 1962 Hill, Norman & Beard IV/70

New electrical systems and restoration of console 2020

The Bute Hall is the graduation hall of the University of Glasgow and was designed by George Gilbert Scott.  In 1901, a four-manual organ by Lewis & Co. of London was built in a fine case in the west gallery of the hall.

The organ was dramatically rebuilt in 1962 by Hill, Norman & Beard, with many tonal changes reflecting the fashions of the day towards a neo-classical style. A new detached console was provided in a side gallery.

As phase 2 of a planned three-phase project to restore the organ, we will be undertaking major work on the instrument.  The console will be removed for complete restoration and upgrading, including a new piston capture system and modern playing aids.  A new solid-state electrical transmission will also be installed.

The consultant for the work is Paul Hale.