Stanford Festival Organ Concert

An organ console inside Salisbury Cathedral
Dates 08 May 2024

An organ concert celebrating the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

Join us for a special Organ Concert, played by John Challenger on the Cathedral’s famous Father Willis organ.

The programme features not only Stanford’s own organ music, but organ works by the composers who influenced him (the Schumanns, and Brahms) and some of the composers he taught (Coleridge-Taylor, Holst, Howells, and Vaughan Williams).

Salisbury’s organ, completed by Henry Willis in 1877, is an English romantic masterpiece, and ideally suited to this nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. The concert, which includes both well-known and less-familiar organ works, will end with Stanford’s most accomplished organ composition, the dramatic and virtuosic Fantasia and Toccata (Opus 57).

The big screen offers the audience a backstage view into the organ loft, allowing them to observe John as he puts the Cathedral’s magnificent organ through its paces while they listen.

This event is part of our Stanford Festival, a week-long celebration of the music and legacy of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford.


Fantasia In Festo Omnium Sanctorum – Stanford

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – Brahms

Prelude and Fugue in D minor – Clara Schumann

Fugue on B.A.C.H. – Robert Schumann

Three Preludes and Postludes – Stanford

Rhosymedre – Vaughan Williams

Rhapsody in C sharp minor – Howells

Impromptu in F – Coleridge-Taylor

Venus, the bringer of peace (The Planets Suite) – Holst, arranged Challenger

Fantasia and Toccata – Stanford

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08 May 2024 | 19:30 Stanford Festival Organ Concert
08 May 2024 | 19:30
Stanford Festival Organ Concert