Ayers House museum – All about the Bevingtons

All About The Bevingtons: Conversation with David Cole

There are few bigger names in the world of nineteenth century organs than Bevington. From his London workshop Henry Bevington’s creations often travelled the world, their signature tone ringing out as far as South Africa and Australia. South Australia is home to perhaps the oldest surviving Bevington Organ in existence, a domestic organ c. 1820 whose humble appearance belies a rich legacy.

Join UK Bevington organ enthusiast David Cole and Brian Oldman, Director of the South Australian Museum, for an afternoon exploring the history and musical tradition of this beautiful instrument, and view the National Trust of South Australia’s Bevington Organ – currently the subject of a restoration appeal.


About David Cole:

A lifelong musician and counter-tenor, David studied under Alfred Deller and spent two decades with the Monteverdi Choir. A move to Northampton saw David become organist of the Parish Church of St Edmund in Hardingstone, sparking a passion for Bevington organs culminating in his paper A Perfect and Artistic Instrument.