Summer Organ Recitals

Leeds Minster OrganLeeds Minster is delighted to host another series of five early evening organ recitals on Sundays in July and August featuring some of Yorkshire's finest organists. Admission: £10 per concert, or £30 for a season ticket.

SUNDAY 28 July

Simon Lindley, Organist Emeritus of Leeds Minster and Leeds Town Hall, opens the series with a programme of Romantic and 20th century music, including major sonatas by Mendelssohn and Guilmant and Robert Cockcroft's Soliloquy dedicated to Leeds Minster's Sub-Organist David Houlder.

Mendelssohn - Sonata no. 1 in F minor
Vierne - Epitaphe; Arabesque (from 24 Pièces en style libre)
Cockcroft - Soliloquy
Bonnet - Romance sans paroles
Guilmant - Sonata no. 5 in C minor

SUNDAY 4 August

In the second recital in the series, Paul Dewhurst, Director of Music at Leeds Minster, plays a programme of Romantic, 20th century, and modern English and American music, including works by Francis Jackson, former Director of Music at York Minster, and the late Alan Spedding, former Director of Music at Beverley Minster, as well as Daniel Gawthrop's epic organ symphony.

Hollins - Concert Overture in F minor
Bridge - Adagio in E
Spedding - Variations on 'Ave Maris Stella'
Cocker - Tuba Tune
Jackson - The Sweet Rivulet (from Hovingham Sketches); Prelude on 'East Acklam' (from Hymn Preludes); Trio (from Echoes)
Gawthrop - Symphony: O Jerusalem

SUNDAY 11 August

In the third recital in the series, Robert Poyser, Director of Music at Beverley Minster, plays a varied programme that includes Herbert Howells' dramatic and lyrical Sonata in C minor, and concludes with an improvisation.

Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542
Boëllmann - Adagietto (from 12 Pièces)
Howells - Sonata no. 1 in C minor
Brewer - Cloister Garth
Smart - Postlude in D

SUNDAY 18 August

In the fourth recital in the series, David Pipe, Organist at Leeds Cathedral and Director of the Diocese of Leeds Organist Training Programme, plays Baroque and Romantic German music, including Julius Reubke's monumental Sonata on the 94th Psalm, and contemporary English music by Michael Bonaventure and Huw Morgan.

Buxtehude - Praeludium in G minor BuxWV 149
Bonaventure - Dragon
Landmann - Variations on a theme of Handel op. 29
Morgan - Prelude
Reubke - Sonata on the 94th Psalm

SUNDAY 25 August

In the final recital of the series, John Scott Whiteley, the internationally-acclaimed Organist Emeritus of York Minster, plays a wide-ranging programme featuring Handel's popular Overture to the Occasional Oratorio; pieces from the Orgelbüchlein Project, which has commissioned a wide range of contemporary composers to complete Bach's unfinished collection; a transcribed improvisation by a former organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris; and music by Sir James MacMillan and the performer himself.

Handel - Overture to the Occasional Oratorio
Bach - Prelude, Trio & Fugue in G BWV 541 & 528iib
Three Pieces from the Neues Orgelbüchlein Thierry Escaich, Justé Janulyte, and Franz Josef Stoiber
Cochereau - Scherzo (from improvised Symphony in B flat minor)
MacMillan - Wedding Offertorium
Whiteley - Reminiscence
Dupré - Prélude & Fugue in B major