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Organ recitalists announced for 2017 season

Canterbury Cathedral has released details of the musicians who will be playing its 2017 season of organ recitals.Click to open leaflet

Three internationally renowned organists will join the Cathedral’s own organists for the season which will be the last one using the current organ before it is removed and rebuilt.

The recital season begins on Saturday 11 February when Paul Hale, recently retired Organist at Southwell Minster, Nottingham­shire, will play. Paul has Kent connections having previously been Assistant Organist of Rochester Cathedral and Assistant Director of Music at Tonbridge School.

One of the Cathedral’s own organists Adrian Bawtree plays for the second recital on 18 March. Adrian came to Canterbury Cathedral in September 2015, having been organist at Rochester Cathedral and previously Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital School.

On 22 April James O’Donnell, Director of Music at Westminster Abbey will be playing. Responsible for the music at all the Abbey’s services and special occasions, James is internationally recognised as a conductor and organ recitalist and has given concerts all over the world.

Canterbury Cathedral Assistant Organist and Girls’ Choir Director David Newsholme is playing on 27 May. David has previously held posts at Worcester and Salisbury Cathedrals and Winchester College. He studied at New College, Oxford, York University and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

On 17 June, Canterbury Cathedral’s Organist and Master of Choristers David Flood is playing. David has been responsible for every aspect of the Cathedral’s music programme since 1988, and has been a key participant in four Enthronements of Archbishops and two Lambeth conferences.

Robert Quinney, New College, Oxford, completes the season on 22 July. Paul is Director of Music at New College, Oxford. Prior to succeeding Edward Higginbottom in Oxford in 2014, Robert had been sub-organist at Westminster Abbey and Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral.

Organiser of the recital season, David Newsholme said: “We are delighted that three internationally-renowned organists are coming to play at Canterbury and we hope that many will take up the opportunity to come and hear them. For the “home team” it will something of a poignant occasion as it will be our last recital on the current organ which is reaching the end of its musical life.”

For more details of each of the organist’s programmes click on the image above or on the name of the recitalist.

There is no need to book to attend the recitals as tickets are available on the door priced £8 (£6 concessions). Recitals begin at 7.30pm.


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