Organists of the Minster

1842 Dr Samuel Sebastian Wesley
previously Organist of Hereford and Exeter Cathedrals; subsequently Organist of Winchester Cathedral 1849, Gloucester Cathedral 1865


1849 Robert Senior Burton


1880 Dr William Creser
previously Organist of Scarborough, St Martin; Organist of HM Chapels Royal 1891


1891 Alfred Benton


1906 Dr Edward Cuthbert Bairstow [Knighted, 1932]
previously Organist of Wigan Parish Church; York Minster 1913
President, The Royal College of Organists
President, Incorporated Association of Organists


1913 Willoughby Williams


1920 Dr Albert Charles Tysoe
previously Organist of All Saints, Northampton: St Albans Cathedral 1937-1947


1937 Dr Alfred Melville Cook [DMus Durham, 1940]
previously Assistant Organist, Gloucester Cathedral; Organist Cheltenham, All Saints; Hereford Cathedral 1956-1966; Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, Canada 1967-1986


1957 Dr Donald Frederick Hunt [DMus Leeds [honoris causa, 1975] [OBE, 1993]
previously Assistant Organist of Gloucester Cathedral, Organist of St John's Torquay. Master of the Choristers and Organist, Worcester Cathedral 1975-1996 (Conductor of eight Worcester Three Choirs' Festivals). Principal, Elgar School of Music, 1996.


1975 Dr Simon Geoffrey Lindley [Hon DUniv: Leeds Metropolitan University, 2001; University of Huddersfield, 2012]
President, The Royal College of Organists, 2000-2003
Vice President, The Royal College of Organists from 2003, Member of the Trustee Council from 2012
President, Incorporated Association of Organists, 2003-2005
Vice-President, Sheffield and Disrict Organists and Choirmasters' Association, 2012
Co-compiler, New English Praise [a supplement to the New English Hymnal], 2006
Dr Lindley is also active as a Recitalist in his capacity as City Organist at Leeds Town Hall and as a leading Choral Conductor - of Leeds Minster-based St Peter's Singers, Sheffield Bach Society, Doncaster Choral Society and Overgate Hospice Choir, Halifax.