Join us next Thursday (December 21) for our popular Christmas Organ Recital showcasing the cathedral’s organ in seasonal music – both well known – and not!

In its current form, Ripon Cathedral Organ dates from 1878 and was most recently rebuilt in 2013, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern computer technology. From the massive wooden pipes in the South Quire Aisle to tiny pipes smaller than a pencil, it provides power, colour and versatility to the musical life of the cathedral; this Christmas its duties include accompanying Hark the Herald approximately 20 times.

Next week’s recital will be given by the Assistant Director of Music, Tim Harper. The programme begins with Mendelssohn’s Overture to St Paul, an orchestral piece stunningly transcribed for organ by W. T. Best and strongly featuring the Advent hymn Wake, O Wake! with tidings thrilling.

This year has seen the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution: in the recital, Protestant chorale sits peacefully alongside Roman Catholic liturgy and a Russian carol! Meanwhile, J. S. Bach’s Pastorella considers the Shepherds, the first people to be told the good news of Christ’s birth.

The recital is held in the crossing, with the audience able to watch the organist close up. Afterwards, seasonal refreshments are served in the south transept. Tickets are available in the Cathedral Shop: £10 on the door, £8 in advance, while accompanied under-16s are free.