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2020 Organ Festival

Due to coronavirus the running order for the 2020 Organ Festival is being amended. Further information will be...

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2020 Organ Festival

Due to coronavirus the running order for the 2020 Organ Festival is being amended. Further information will be available shortly.

 

Celebrating the return of our world-famous Father Willis organ. The 2020 Organ Festival marks the completed restoration of the organ with an exciting line-up of events to suit everyone. From the hugely popular Organ Prom to Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, an epic Mahler transcription to celebrity organ concerts, plus a new series of performances on Sunday afternoons, the festival has something for everyone!

 

Sunday 12 April (1500): Festal Evensong with the re-dedication of the Cathedral Organ

Wednesday 13 May (1930): Opening Organ Concert

Internationally acclaimed organist, improviser and transcriber David Briggs inaugurates our famous, newly restored ‘Father’ Willis Organ with his transcription of Mahler’s epic second symphony, known as the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. He is joined by distinguished soloists Judith Howarth (soprano) and Avery Amereau (contralto), Salisbury Cathedral Choir and Salisbury Musical Society, conducted by David Halls. Live video-link to the organ loft.

Tickets: unreserved seating £10 - £37 available here

Saturday 13 June (1400): Family Concert - Peter and the Wolf

John Challenger plays the classic children’s work by Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, on the Cathedral organ, narrated by Hugh Hetherington. The concert includes an introduction to the different sounds of our famous organ, an introduction to the story, and live video-link to the organ loft. The concert also includes a performance of the famous final movement from the ‘Organ’ Symphony and The Swan by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Tickets: free - reserve here

Wednesday 17 June (1930): Gala Organ Concert

One of Britain’s most famous and widely admired organists, Thomas Trotter gives this Gala Organ Concert on the newly restored ‘Father’ Willis Organ, performing a wide ranging programme of works including Elgar’s Organ Sonata, a fitting choice for the majestic sounds of our Cathedral’s great instrument. He will also perform Bach’s Toccata in F, and music by Mendelssohn, Howells, Rachel Laurin, and former Salisbury Cathedral organist Sir Walter Alcock. Live video-link to the organ loft.

Tickets: unreserved seating £10 - £37 available here

Saturday 11 July (1900): Organ Prom

A return of the hugely popular summer Organ Prom, featuring all the classics and favourites from television and film, played on our versatile organ. Live video-link to the organ loft. The first CD of the newly-restored organ (‘Organ Prom’) will be released and available on sale for the first time. Enjoy drinks from the bar, join in, wave flags, and prom along to your favourites!

Tickets £10 (adults), £5 (under 18), unreserved available here

Wednesday 22 July (1930): Organ Concert

Distinguished organist from California, Robert Huw Morgan, gives a concert of organ works including Bach’s dynamic Toccata, Adagio and Fugue (BWV 564), the Coronation March by Tchaikovsky and Louis Vierne’s epic Symphony No 6. Live video-link to the organ loft.

Tickets £15 (adults), £7.50 (under 18), unreserved available here

Wednesday 19 August (1930): Organ Concert

Young virtuoso organist Richard Pinel gives a concert of organ works including music by Judith Bingham, William Harris, Max Reger, and several of the Pièces de Fantaisie by Louis Vierne. Live video-link to the organ loft.

Tickets £15 (adults), £7.50 (under 18), unreserved available here

Wednesday 23 September (1930): Organ Concert

Join the three Salisbury Cathedral organists (David Halls, John Challenger and Eleanor Carter) as they share an eclectic programme of music by composers including Duruflé, Bach, Whitlock, Widor, and the organ duet Martyrs by Kenneth Leighton. Live video-link to the organ loft.

Tickets £15 (adults), £7.50 (under 18), unreserved available here

Wednesday 14 October (1930): Organ Concert

Trailblazing musician and broadcaster Anna Lapwood gives a wide-ranging concert including works by Britten, Bingham and Elgar, and the new Triptych by Matthew Martin. Live video-link to the organ loft.

Tickets £15 (adults), £7.50 (under 18), unreserved available here

Wednesday 18 November (1930): Organ Concert

Organist and Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral, Andrew Lumsden, gives an eclectic concert including the famous Grand Chœur Dialogué by Gigout, and works by Bach, Sweelinck, Ridout, Mozart and closing with Guilmant’s Symphony No 1. Live video-link to the organ loft.

Tickets £15 (adults), £7.50 (under 18), unreserved available here

Thursday 10 December (1830): Christmas Organ Music

Details to be confirmed.

 

Sunday Organ Music

Thirty minutes of free organ music starting at 15.45 on the following afternoons:

26 April (Samuel Bristow) - Liszt Fantasie und Fuge über ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undam’

17 May (John Challenger) - Messiaen L’Ascension

7 June (David Halls) - Mendelssohn Organ Sonata No 5 and J S Bach Prelude and Fugue in E flat (BWV 552)

5 July (John Challenger) - Duruflé Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du ‘Veni Creator’

6 September (John Challenger) - Vierne Symphony No 3

11 October (David Halls) - Franck Andantino and Rheinberger Sonata No 6

8 November (Eleanor Carter) - Alain Introduction et variation, Scherzo (Suite)Duruflé Chant Donné (en hommage à Jean Gallon) and Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain

6 December (John Challenger) - Vierne/Duruflé MéditationDemessieux Rorate cæli, Langlais Ave Maria—Ave maris stella and Franck Choral No 2   

These performances are followed by Choral Evensong at 16.30 to which all are warmly welcome. 

 

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