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Summer Organ Recitals

Summer Organ Recitals

Thursday 4 July – Thursday 2 September 2024

Enjoy the awe-inspiring sound of the Cathedral’s magnificent organ as the evening sun reflects on the unparalleled architecture of the nave during our summer recital series. These concerts will feature some of the country’s leading players, performing a veritable feast of varied organ music, with a video-link to the organ loft, enabling the audience to see the magic unfold on the keys at close quarter.

Thursday 4 July at 7pm – Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster
Robert Sharpe’s playing has been described as “dramatic, clear, with appropriate rhapsody, ornamentation and a marvellous sense of timing” [Cathedral Music magazine] and his programmes feature music from all periods, with a particular focus on the 19th and 20th century French school.
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Thursday 18 July at 7pm – Giles Longstaff, Organ Scholar at Exeter Cathedral 
Giles began his musical career as a chorister at York Minster and has continued his musical development as Organ Scholar at Magdalen College School, Oxford, Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral and Organ Scholar at Worcester College Oxford.
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Thursday 1 August at 7pm – Michael Stephens-Jones, Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral
Michael served as Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he also graduated with a Starred First in Music. He has also held positions at Guildford Cathedral, and St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Having won first prize in the 2016 London Organ Competition, Michael has given recitals widely, with highlights including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, and the 2022 Three Choirs Festival. 
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Thursday 15 August at 7pm – Richard Moore, Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral
Richard Moore has previously held the roles of Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral and Sub Organist at Guildford Cathedral. He holds the Soloist (Artist) Diploma of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and continues his organ studies with Bine Katrine Bryndorf.
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Thursday 29 August 2024 at 7pm – Timothy Noon, Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral 
Timothy Noon has held roles at many prestigious cathedrals including sub-organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Davids Cathedral (Wales), then Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool and Director of Music at Auckland Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Timothy has appeared many times on television and radio and has made numerous commercial recordings to date as soloist, accompanist and conductor. Find out more & book your ticket >

Thursday 12 September at 7pm – Francesca Massey, organist, choral conductor teacher and musician.
Francesca Massey has held Organ Scholarships at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Manchester Cathedral. She later became Assistant Organist at Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge, Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, Sub-Organist at Durham Cathedral and Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral. Francesca performs regularly as a recitalist throughout the UK and abroad. Find out more and book your ticket >