The church of St Andrew, Holborn, in the heart of London, was built by Christopher Wren in the 17th century and is notable for housing not only a magnificent organ installed by the composer George Frideric Handel, but also the tomb of the philanthropist Thomas Coram. So when Coram, the charity he founded, celebrated their 275th anniversary this year, they chose to do so by staging a dramatization of his life and works in the church. The text would be based on the writings of Charles Dickens, who wrote about Coram, with the part of Dickens played by the actor Simon Cowell. But there was a problem. The church tower was undergoing restoration work at the time of the performance, and the organ was covered up with an ungainly polythene sheet. The church authorities would not give permission to remove the sheet for the concert. My commission was to work out how to project an image of the organ onto the sheet, so it would look as much as possible like the organ itself. The organ covered by polythene sheeting The church had a projector capable of throwing an image a very short distance, but the second problem was that [...]
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