Throughout the summer, Tuesday evenings see the return of Ripon Cathedral’s popular Summer Organ Recitals. The season starts and finishes with two Leeds-based organists. Simon Lindley of Leeds Minster and Leeds Town Hall gives the opening recital on 7th July, while international concert artist Graham Barber, who is Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds and is based at St Bartholomew’s Church, Armley closes the season on 11th August.

Andrew Bryden at the console of the organ

Ripon Cathedral’s Director of Music Andrew Bryden’s recital is on Tuesday 28th July.

In between these, the season features international concert artists and cathedral organists including Ripon Cathedral’s Director of Music Andrew Bryden (Tuesday 28th July) and Assistant Director of Music Tim Harper (Tuesday 21st July). Other artists in the series include American concert artist Jonathan Ryan (Tuesday 14th July) and Westminster Cathedral’s Assistant Master of Music, Peter Stevens (Tuesday 4th August).

International concert artist, Jonathan Ryan gives his recital on Tuesday 14th July

Andrew Bryden says, “There is an amazing variety of music on offer throughout the series. We are delighted that Graham Barber’s recital (themed ‘De Profundis’) forms part of his complete cycle of the organ works of Max Reger, and will also include works by J.S. Bach and Herbert Howells. The series also marks the centenary of Jehan Alain, whose Trois Danses will be performed by Peter Stevens, and the series also includes contemporary works by Pamela Decker (USA), Denis Bédard (Canada), Ad Wammes (Netherlands) and homegrown Yorkshire composers Philip Wilby and Timothy Craig Harrison.”


The Summer Organ Recital Series

Tim Harper, organ

Tim Harper, Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral, gives Tuesday 21st July’s recital


7th – Simon Lindley (Leeds Minster)
14th – Jonathan Ryan (International Concert Artist)
21st – Tim Harper (Ripon Cathedral)
28th – Andrew Bryden (Ripon Cathedral)


4th – Peter Stevens (Westminster Cathedral)
11th – Graham Barber (International Concert Artist)

Graham Barber’s recital on 11th August ends the series

All recitals begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8, available from the Cathedral Giftshop (or £10 if bought on the door). Accompanied Under-16s are free. For further details of programmes, see each concert’s listing at