They might seem serene and placid on the surface but organists are literally and figuratively pedalling like mad underneath the surface to fulfil their art. Here organists and music lovers from around the world share their favourite personal stories; some are sad, some inspiring, many hilarious, and some are almost unbelievable. But they are all too true.
Jenny Setchell peeks behind the facades of some of the most famous concert venues and churches around the world to reveal what the life of an organist is really like. Over 120 men and women – from concert artists to Sunday church organists – relate the trials and triumphs of playing what can be the most difficult instrument in the world. Their amazing tales prove that there is nothing “organised” or standard about the lives they have to lead. Whimsical, often poignant and frequently funny, these tales will change your view of the king of instruments, and those who play it, forever.