Chester Cathedral organ
Organ recitals have always been a feature of the music making here at Chester Cathedral. The cathedral has hosted a weekly organ recital since 1972, shortly after the 1969/1970 rebuild of the cathedral organ. Outside London, we do, perhaps, more for lovers of organ music than any other cathedral in the British Isles.
Cathedral Organist Roger Fisher set up the series and many famous names have played here. These have included Maurice Duruflé, Francis Jackson, Harold Darke, Thomas Trotter, David Sanger and David Briggs. It is known that in 1922, Marcel Dupré gave two recitals in the cathedral, the second of which saw the cathedral “thronged from end to end” with spectators. The audience numbers for these recitals is testament to their popularity within Chester and further afield. We regularly have eighty people in attendance every Thursday. We also have a band of faithful regulars who attend almost every single recital.
As organiser of the recital series, we are often inundated with requests by organists to play. Players from all over Europe, America and as far away as Korea and New Zealand approach us. Unfortunately, we have to tell them that there is a long waiting list but we do try to consider all requests.
The cathedral's resident organists give many of the recitals. It enables them to learn new pieces and keep their technique in good shape.
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