The Elusive English Organ

The Elusive English Organ is a documentary film co-written and presented by the organist Daniel Moult and directed by Will Fraser.[1][2]

The Elusive English Organ
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50 minutes

It is the only film to trace the development of the English pipe organ from 1550 to 1830, discovering why so few pre-1830 English organs survive and to what extent it is possible to perform repertoire written during this period on instruments from the composers’ times. Locations include the Dallam organs at Lanvellec and Ploujean in Brittany, Adlington Hall in Cheshire, and St Botolph's Aldgate and St James Bermondsey in London. The film was produced by Fugue State Films and released in 2010 with an accompanying CD. The CD, which is of longer duration than the film, contains recordings by Daniel Moult of music by William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, John Blow, Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, John Stanley and Samuel Wesley.[3]

Reviews include: "Will Fraser’s beautifully made organ-related films are a fascinating development in the integration of the organ culture into the wider artistic world. This film tackles a tricky subject with considerable aplomb...****" Choir & Organ magazine.[4]


  1. Howard, Leslie. "Daniel Moult, St Peter's Vauxhall." The Organ. Musical Opinion Ltd. 2010. Accessed via HighBeam Research. 26 Oct. 2014 < Archived 31 March 2002 at the Wayback Machine> (subscription required).
  2. "The Elusive English Organ". Fugue State Films. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  3. "The Elusive English Organ:Tracklist". Fugue State Films. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  4. "Reviews". 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2013.

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