Doctor to be an icon for St Albans Organ Festival
FORMER Harpenden GP, Dr Derek Bird will be exhibiting a rare talent at St Albans Abbey next month – his skill as a painter of religious icons. The exhibition, being staged as part of the International Organ Festival at St Albans, will feature more than 25
FORMER Harpenden GP, Dr Derek Bird will be exhibiting a rare talent at St Albans Abbey next month - his skill as a painter of religious icons.
The exhibition, being staged as part of the International Organ Festival at St Albans, will feature more than 25 of the works he has created over the past 17 years.
Dr Bird became interested in the art form while on a holiday to Cyprus.
He said: "At first I did not really like icons but my wife, Barbara, bought me a book on how to paint them and it started from there."
You may also want to watch:
He explained that the creation of an icon followed a strict set of rules with every colour and even individual lines having special significance.
The centrepiece of the exhibition will be an icon of St Peter which has been specially commissioned to mark the International Organ Festival's 25th festival. All the works are for sale and a proportion will be donated to the festival.
- 1 How many people in St Albans were fined for breaking COVID rules?
- 2 Hitchin and Harpenden MP responds to questions over new £2,500 a month part-time role
- 3 Stamp duty holiday extension to be debated in Parliament
- 4 Why is there a 50mph speed limit on small section of A414?
- 5 Remembering one-of-a-kind local legend Lee Bozier
- 6 Row over new barriers blocking path for wheelchair users
- 7 Increase in electric car charging points thanks to new partnership
- 8 Row over charges for garden waste continues
- 9 Ambulance boss steps down after battling 'severe coronavirus'
- 10 14 St Albans things that are gone but not forgotten
In addition to the exhibition of icons there will also be an exhibition of small pipe organs in the North Transept of the Abbey.
This has been a feature of the festival since the first event in 1963. One of the exhibitors at the first festival was Flentrop Orgelbau from Holland. The company will once more be joining other leading builders at the exhibition where there will be workshops head by Dr William McVicar, curator of the Royal Festival Hall Organ. The organs will be played by students from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.
The festival runs from July 9 to 18 and more information is available at www.organfestival.com