Join us for this year’s Summer Organ Festival – a series of seven recitals across Tuesday evenings in July and August showcasing international performers, music and the art of transcription.  Director of Music Andrew Bryden says, “This year’s festival promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear works that we would expect to be played by an orchestra, including a world première of an arrangement by our Assistant Director of Music, Tim Harper.”

Tom Bell, organ

Tom Bell & a swarm of ‘B’s, 12th July

Hans Uwe Hielscher

Hans Uwe Hielscher launches the series on 5th July

Hans Uwe Hielscher launches the series on Tuesday 5th July with works from across Europe and America: Rheinberger, Jongen and Reger take their places alongside less familiar names such as Gordon B. Nevin, and Hielscher’s own arrangements for organ of pieces by Toselli and von Suppé.  Tom Bell, sometime organ scholar here and now enjoying a glittering international career based in London, returns to Ripon on 12th July with a programme of ‘B’s: Bach, Brahms, Bridge and – in his 125th anniversary year – Arthur Bliss.


Daniel Cook, organ

Daniel Cook explores the organ fantasia, 19th July

Martyn Rawles, organ

Martyn Rawles plays Franck on 9th August

On 19th July, Daniel Cook, Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey, explores the genre of the organ fantasia, with the help of Byrd, Buxtehude, York Bowen, Alain and, marking the centenary of his death, Max Reger.  Assistant Director of Music Tim Harper concludes a trip round England with the world première of his transcription of Bliss’ A Colour Symphony on 26th July, while on 9th August Martyn Rawles visits from Lichfield Cathedral to play Bach, transcriptions by Lemare and the prototype of the organ symphony, César Franck’s Grand Pièce Symphonique.


Director of Music Andrew Bryden (2nd August) and the John Sayer Organ Scholar Tom Coxhead (16th August) complete the contributions by the home team with more transcriptions and Guilmant’s Sonata No. 1.

Andrew Bryden at the console of the organ

Andrew Bryden, 2nd August

Tim Harper, organ

Tim Harper, 26th July

Tom Coxhead, 16th August

Tom Coxhead, 16th August


Summer Organ Recitals 2016

5th July           Hans Uwe Hielscher (Wiesbaden, Germany)
12th July         Tom Bell (London)
19th July         Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey)
26th July         Tim Harper (Ripon Cathedral)
2nd August     Andrew Bryden (Ripon Cathedral)
9th August      Martyn Rawles (Lichfield Cathedral)
16th August    Tom Coxhead (Ripon Cathedral)

All recitals begin at 7.30pm.  Tickets are available in advance from the Cathedral Shop at £8, on the door at £10 and free for accompanied under 16s.  The ticket price includes a glass of juice or wine after the concert.  For full programmes, please see each recital’s listing at www.riponcathedral.info/events.