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Graham Blyth (BSc 1969) donates concert organ to the Department of Music

8 July 2011

The roof of the auditorium in the Victoria Rooms was raised on 22 June at a gala concert which saw the inauguration of a new organ for the Department of Music donated by Graham Blyth (BSc 1969). The performance was Camille Saint Saens’ mighty ‘Organ’ Symphony which brings a full symphony orchestra, solo organ and piano together in its thrilling finale.

The roof of the auditorium in the Victoria Rooms was raised on 22 June at a gala concert which saw the inauguration of a new organ for the Department of Music donated by Graham Blyth (BSc 1969). The performance was Camille Saint Saens’ mighty ‘Organ’ Symphony which brings a full symphony orchestra, solo organ and piano together in its thrilling finale.

Graham (who was the soloist on the night) had studied Electrical Engineering at Bristol, but his other great passion was music. Along with fellow students, he co-founded what is now the Bristol University Music Society which brings students and staff together for a wide programme of performances throughout the year. Graham also builds organs, so his gift to the University could not be more fitting, and it will be of tremendous benefit to a department that has a high reputation for its organ scholars who had to practice ‘off site.’ It will also greatly enhance the repertoire that the music ensembles can perform, and will be of benefit to generations of performers and listeners alike over the coming years.