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Organ Recitals

Chester Cathedral OrganEvery Thursday at 1.10pm throughout the year, there is an Organ Recital at the Cathedral. There is no charge, although a retiring collection is taken, and recitals are given by national and internationally renowned artists, as well as the Cathedral Organists. Recitals last approximately 35 minutes.

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Recitalists for June 2007


7 June                                            

Gethin Davies-Jones (Denmark)


Prelude and Fugue in A major BWV 536     J S Bach (1685-1750)

La Révélation de la Lumière                        Ivan Jevtic (born 1947)

Commotio                                                    Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)


14 June                                        

Philip Rushforth (Chester Cathedral)


Prelude and Fugue in C minor                     Healey Willan  (1880 – 1968)

Pastorale                                                      Jean J Roger-Ducasse  (1873 – 1954)

Romanza (Symphony no 5)                        Ralph V Williams  (1872 – 1958)

(arranged by Philip Rushforth)                   

Toccata                                                        John Sanders (1933 – 2003)


 21 June                                       

Thomas Heywood (Australia)

Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario)
(transcribed by Thomas Heywood)             W A Mozart (1756-1791)

Variations in E major “The harmonious blacksmith”

(transcribed by Sigfrid Karg-Elert)               G F Handel (1685-1759)

   i.                Theme (Maestoso)
   ii.               Variation I (Un poco più animato)
   iii.               Variation II (Poco tranquillamente)
   iv.              Variation III (Allegro molto veloce)
   v.               Variation IV (Pochettino tranquillo)
   vi.              Variation V (Allegro risoluto & Largo)

Intermezzo from the Opera Cavalleria Rusticana
(transcribed H Robinson)                            Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)

Organ Concerto No 2 in B flat major (Op 4 No 2)

(transcribed W T Best)                                G F Handel (1685-1759)

 i.      Andante maestoso and Allegro (Cadenza by Best)
 ii.     Adagio  
 iii.    Allegro, ma non presto  

Grande Valse Brillante [Waltz No 1 in E flat major Op 18)

(transcribed Thomas Heywood)                  Frederic F Chopin (1810-1849)


28 June                                          

Ian Roberts  (Chester Cathedral)


Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C (BWV 564)             J S Bach (1685-1750)

From Six organ pieces                                Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

i.                 Andante con moto

ii.                 Andantino

Suite Brêve                                                                                                                 Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

i.                 Grand jeux 

ii.                 Cantilène

iii.               Plainte

Dialogue sur les mixtures



Recitalists for July 2007

   5             Alessandro Bianchi           (Italy)

 12             Martin Setchell                  (New Zealand)

 19             David Poulter                    (Chester Cathedral)

                  (Chester Summer Music Festival Recital beginning at 1pm)

 26             Stewart Smith                   (Abbey Gate College, Chester)



Concerts & Events
Organ Recitals
Each Thursday at ...
St Werburgh

Chester Cathedral's
Saturday 6 October 2007...
BBC Philharmonic
12 July 2007 at 7.30pm...
John Lill, Piano
5 July 2007 at 7.30pm...
Chester Philharmonic
30 June 2007 at 7.30pm...

27 June 2007
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