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Prestigious line up for 2016 Organ Recital series

The Cathedral has unveiled a prestigious line-up of organists and a rich and varied programme of music for the 2016...

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Prestigious line up for 2016 Organ Recital series

Posted By : Marie Thomas Thursday 4th February 2016

The Cathedral has unveiled a prestigious line-up of organists and a rich and varied programme of music for the 2016 Organ Recital series with some internationally renowned names in the mix.

Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music of St John’s College, Cambridge, appears on 25 May with a performance that includes Elgar’s Allegro maestoso (Sonata in G), Franck’s Chorale No 1, and music by composers such as Whitlock, Howells and Vierne. Andrew has worked with some of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia, the Aarhus Symfoniorkester and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and has held organist’s posts in Wells, Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals.


Mark Williams, Director of Music of Jesus College, Cambridge, and a musician who is well known in the UK and abroad, plays on 14 September. Described as ‘the shooting star of the international organ scene’ by the Berliner Zeitung, Mark was also the Music Consultant on the recent ITV television crime drama 'Endeavour'. Mark will be playing works by composers including Byrd, Bach, Locklair and Handel, and his programme ends with Percy Grainger’s catchy ‘Handel in the Strand’.


Both Geoffrey Morgan, Organist at Christchurch Priory (20 April), and Peter King, Director of Music at Bath Abbey (12 October), will be known to Salisbury audiences, and need little introduction. Their programmes contain something for everyone, and are sure to sound fabulous on the Cathedral’s fine Willis Organ. Tom Winpenny, a former Organ Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, and now Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral, plays an exciting and varied programme on 17 August.


The Jenkinson Recital, traditionally given by the Cathedral’s Organ Scholar, will be played by Henry Websdale on 22 June. Henry will play pieces including Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in D (BWV 532), Hindemith’s Sonata No 1 and Duruflé’s ‘Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain’. This is an excellent opportunity to hear Henry perform in the recital context and to thank him for his excellent service to the Cathedral before he leaves to become Organ Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge.


The Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, John Challenger, will perform as part of the 2016 Incorporated Association of Organists Festival on 27 July. John recently released a CD of Elgar specially arranged for the organ to rave reviews:

“There is nothing I can say that can begin to convey the technical brilliance, artistry, musicality and seemingly effortless organ management of John Challenger. If you love the Salisbury organ (and who wouldn’t?) and adore Elgar, (and who doesn’t?) here is a match made in heaven. Flawless! Phenomenal!” (Organists Review September 2015).

John will play a range of baroque pieces by Bach, Buxtehude and Couperin, interspersed with more modern works by Alain. The recital concludes with César Franck’s Choral No 3.


All recitals in the series feature big screen projection and take place Wednesdays at 19.30. Tickets are £9 and available online here and on the door on the night. You can see the full programme for the series if you follow this link.

For any other enquiries contact Marie Thomas 01722 555148