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2015 Organ Recital Series with Big Screen launched

Posted By : John Challenger Friday 13th March 2015

Salisbury Cathedral presents a series of six organ recitals, which will take place in April, May, July, August, September and October 2015. The series features six well-known and highly accomplished solo performers and, for the first time, each recital in the series will feature a big screen relaying a video-link to the organ loft. All recitals are on Wednesday evenings, at 7.30pm.


 John Challenger, Salisbury Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music said: “I am delighted to announce the introduction of a big screen to our organ recital series for 2015. The pipe organ is a fascinating instrument, yet the performer is often hidden away in an organ loft, which can sometimes create a barrier between the performer and the audience. At each of our recitals in 2015, the organ loft and organist (including views of the organ console and pedals) will be visible to audience members sitting in the Cathedral Nave; those who prefer to experience the recital without this added element may still sit in the Quire, directly underneath our magnificent instrument. We hope that the big screen will give listeners a much more enlightening experience of the Cathedral’s great Father Willis Organ.”


The series opens on Wednesday 15 April with the Alcock Recital, given by renowned organist Sarah Baldock. Sarah is a familiar face to us here at Salisbury, having held organist’s posts at both Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals. The wide-ranging programme opens with William Mathias’s Toccata Giacosa, and also features two contrasting works by Bach, and compositions by Anton Heiller, César Franck, Kenneth Leighton, Frank Bridge and Louis Vierne.


On Wednesday 13 May, our own Director of Music David Halls will give a ‘requests’ recital. This recital is being given in aid of the Southern Cathedrals Festival and the programme will consist of pieces which have been requested in advance by members of the audience. Further details are given below, but audience members are encouraged to submit requests before Monday 13 April.


There is no organ recital in June owing to the Cathedral’s Magna Carta celebrations.


The series resumes on Wednesday 1 July, when our own Organ Scholar, Kris Thomsett, will give the Jenkinson Recital. This is always an excellent opportunity to hear the Cathedral’s Organ Scholar in concert, and the programme features music by Bach, Howells, Franck, Messiaen and Langlais.


On Wednesday 5 August, we welcome Truro Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Luke Bond, who will perform an eclectic programme which includes old favourites such as Elgar’s 'Nimrod' and the final movement of Elgar’s 'Organ Sonata'.


The next recital, on Wednesday 2 September, is given by the Organist of Norwich Cathedral, David Dunnett, and the series closes with the Emery Recital on Wednesday 7 October, given by George Castle, Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral.


All concerts begin at 7.30pm. Tickets, price £9.00 (£7.50 wheelchair), are available online and at the door. Further details about all of these recitals and programmes will be released in due course.



Wednesdays at 7.30pm

15 April: The Alcock Recital – Sarah Baldock

13 May: David Halls (in aid of the Southern Cathedrals Festival)

The programme will consist of pieces which have been requested in advance by members of the audience. Any requests should be made via email to John Challenger ( or by telephone (01722 555127) by Monday 13 April. All requests will be considered, and pieces will be chosen to form a balanced programme, though not all requests will necessarily be included.


1 July: The Jenkinson Recital – Kris Thomsett

5 August: Luke Bond

2 September: David Dunnett

7 October:  The Emery Recital – George Castle