The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the ancient guilds of the City of London and the history goes back 700 years.
After lunch our guide will be Ian Shaw, the official organist at St Mary Abchurch and St Clements, Eastcheap and visiting organist at St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge.
He will take us into these churches which were rebuilt after the 1666 Great Fire by Wren and have pipes and cases from that date.
St Magnus the Martyr has been much altered over the years with a major work in 1924. It has very fine woodwork.
The peal of 12 bells was installed in 2009 (Whitechapel Foundry).
St Clement, Eastcheap, organ is 17th century by Renatus Harris.
St Mary, Abchurch, has a unique painted dome of 1708 and a Grinling Gibbons reredos.
The organ case is 1717 and the works were installed by Noel Mander in 1954. Here we will be able to go into the organ to see how it is constructed.
Those who wish to can play this historic organ (any one with keyboard skills is welcome – do not be shy).
Meet between 10:30 and 11:00 in the hall for refreshments. Booking Required. Cost £19 which includes a donation to each church.
Lunch is not included. Lunch 13:00 -14:30. The nearest stations are Bank, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Monument.