Royal College of Organists, H. H. Cole

Royal College of Organists, H. H. Cole

The college was built as the National Training School for Music and later became specifically devoted to organists. It was designed by Henry Cole’s son and in appearance is quite unlike any other public building of this date. The cream, pale blue and maroon sgraffito (incised plaster) decoration is by F. W. Moody, who was also responsible for interiors at the V&A. The frieze of musicians reflects the function of the building, but oddly it contains no organists.