Ripon’s very own symphony orchestra will be joined by Ripon Cathedral’s Director of Music, Andrew Bryden, in a Gala Concert on Saturday February 8th at 7.30pm as part of a feast of music to celebrate the completed refurbishment of the Cathedral organ. The St Cecilia Orchestra will present a programme of music which prominently features the organ, either as a soloist or as a key part of the orchestral texture.


The St Cecilia Orchestra’s conductor, Xenophon Kelsey says “What a delight it is going to be to perform with this magnificent instrument!  We played the Poulenc Organ Concerto many years ago and it works brilliantly in the Cathedral.  It’s such an enjoyable piece for everybody.  This concert also gives us an opportunity for local young string players to join us in a workshop to play the famous Albinoni “Adagio” and it provides a great excuse to programme the glorious Saint-Saens “Organ” Symphony, something we’ve wanted to play for a long time.  I’m sure the audience will love it!”


The concert programme includes Elgar’s Cockaigne overture, Albinoni’s Adagio, Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns Symphony No 3   (The “Organ” Symphony).


Tickets for the Gala Concert are available from the Cathedral Giftshop
and the National Centre for Early Music or tel 01904 658338 (there is a £1 booking charge for online and phone bookings). Accompanied Under-16s – free for all these concerts.

St Cecilia Gala Concert tickets (February 8th): £16, Concessions £14, Students £5

Details of the string workshop are available on the St Cecilia Orchestra website.