Join us for this year’s Summer Organ Festival – a series of seven recitals across Tuesday evenings in July and August showcasing performers from Ripon Cathedral and across the country.  This year, we mark a series of French anniversaries: Louis Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor, who both died 80 years ago, and Henri Mulet, in the 50th year since his death.

Nigel Allcoat, organ

Nigel Allcoat, 15th August

Peter King, organ

Peter King, 11th July

Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, launches the series on 11th July with a programme of French fantaisies, adding a little international variety with one of the great 19th-century Germanic works: Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm.


The next three recitals are given by the Cathedral’s music department.  On 18th July, Tim Harper explores connections between J. S. Bach and the French school, sandwiched between a brand-new transcription of Willam Walton’s Portsmouth Point and the first major work of Vierne’s favourite pupil: Duruflé’s Prélude, Adagio et Choral Varié sur le thème du Veni Creator.

The  following week, the John Sayer Organ Scholar, Tom Coxhead includes Jehan Alain’s Trois Pièces pour Grand Orgue among pieces from the renaissance and by Howells and Vaughan Williams, before Andrew Bryden sees in the new month by concluding an all-French programme with Duruflé’s Prelude & Fugue sur le nom d’Alain.



David Newsholme, organ

David Pipe, organ

Above: David Pipe, 22nd August Left: David Newsholme, 8th August

David Newsholme (Canterbury Cathedral) plays Bach, Widor, Vierne and Howells as a prelude to Healey Willan’s Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue, while on 15th August, Nigel Allcoat celebrates the feast of the Assumption as composer, performer and improviser, in a programme spanning Bach, Boulanger, Tournemire and Liszt.

Finally, David Pipe plays Elgar, Wammes, Bach and Bonaventure before exploring Henri Mulet’s Esquisses Byzantines on 22nd August, bringing the series to a close with the famous toccata Tu es Petra.

All recitals take place at 7.30pm in the crossing of the Cathedral, where you can see the performers close up and hear the sheer variety of sounds available from the Ripon instrument to best advantage.  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.  Full programmes can be found under each recital’s event listing:

Summer Organ Recitals 2017

11th July             Peter King
18th July            Tim Harper
25th July            Tom Coxhead
1st August          Andrew Bryden
8th August         David Newsholme
15th August       Nigel Allcoat
22nd August      David Pipe