No sooner is the Southern Cathedrals Festival over than Salisbury Cathedral’s hard-working music team are on to their next musical adventure.
On 25 August David Halls, the Cathedral’s Director of Music, and John Challenger, Assistant Director of Music, will be giving an ‘audience choice’ Organ Prom, a musical extravaganza for all the family in aid of the Father Willis Organ Restoration Fund.
In a varied programme chosen by the public there’s everything from film and TV favourites to popular classics, including Land of hope and glory, Jerusalem and (in a nod to this season’s fabulous weather) I do like to be beside the seaside.
Announcing the Prom programme, Assistant Director of Music John Challenger said: ‘We have been inundated with requests for particular pieces to be played on our great Father Willis Organ. We had many traditional requests but also requests for pieces that would not normally be heard on a cathedral organ, such as the theme music from Doctor Who and Star Wars. It will be huge fun.”
The full programme and running order can be viewed here. All proceeds go towards the restoration fund of the Father Willis Organ. Approximately £700,000 is needed to secure the future of Salisbury Cathedral’s glorious 140-year-old pipe organ, which will be out of action for the whole of 2019 while the work is carried out - you can read more about this project here.
The Organ Prom takes place at 19.00 on 25 August in the Cathedral, with a big screen so that the organist can be seen in the organ loft. Bring the family - costumes and flags are welcome!
All tickets are unreserved - Adults £10, Wheelchair users £7.50, Under 18s £5 and tickets can be booked here. Summer refreshments including Pimm’s will be on sale (cash only).
For further information contact Marie Thomas by email on firstname.lastname@example.org 01722 555148