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2020 Organ Festival

The 2020 Organ Festival celebrates the return of our famous ‘Father’ Willis organ following major restoration.

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2020 Organ Festival

The 2020 Organ Festival celebrates the return of our famous ‘Father’ Willis organ following major restoration. With events to suit everyone, the festival includes a return of the hugely-popular Organ Prom, as well as a Family Concert, gala evening organ concerts and a new series of performances on Sunday afternoons, open to all.

Weds 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.

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Sat 13 June (1400‒1600): Family Concert

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 ‘Father’ Willis 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.

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Weds 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.

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Sat 11 July (1900‒2100): 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 ‘Father’ Willis organ. The first CD of the newly-restored organ (called ‘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!

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Weds 22 July (1930): Organ Concert

Distinguished organist from California, Robert Huw Morgan, gives a concert of organ works on the ‘Father’ Willis organ, including Bach’s dynamic Toccata, Adagio and Fugue (BWV 564), the Coronation March by Tchaikovsky and Louis Vierne’s epic Symphony No 6

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

Weds 19 August (1930): Organ Concert

Young virtuoso organist Richard Pinel gives a concert of organ works on the ‘Father’ Willis organ including music by Judith Bingham, William Harris, Max Reger, and several of the Pièces de Fantaisie by Louis Vierne.

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

Weds 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.

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

Weds 14 October (1930): Organ Concert

Trailblazing musician and broadcaster Anna Lapwood gives a wide-ranging concert on our ‘Father’ Willis organ including works by Britten, Bingham and Elgar, and a new Triptych by Matthew Martin.

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

Weds 18 November (1930): Organ Concert

Organist and Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral, Andrew Lumsden, gives an eclectic concert on the ‘Father’ Willis organ, including the famous Grand Chœur Dialogué by Gigout, and works by Bach, Sweelinck, Ridout, Mozart and closing with Guilmant’s Symphony No 1.

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