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             Summer series, generally on Wednesdays @ 
                Admission £8 (£6 concessions) available on the door [E-mail /0191 386 4266 for further information]
                Website details:
    •     18 May: Jonathan Allsop [Durham]
                    Fantasia super Komm, Heiliger Geist.... [BWV 651]  J.S.Bach
                    Komm, Heiliger Geist.... [BWV 652]  J.S.Bach
                    Nun freut euch [world premiere] Francis Jackson
                    Prelude, Adagio et Chorale varié sur Veni Creator [Op.4] Maurice Duruflé
                    Messe de la Pentecote  Olivier Messiaen           
                    Evocation II  Thierry Escaich

    •     6 Jul: Jason Lowe [Durham]
                    Programme includes music by Buxtehude, Bach, Reger and Vierne.

    •     20 Jul., 6.30pm: D'Arcy Trinkwon [Worth Abbey]
                    Programme includes music by Reger, Whitlock, Reuchsel, Holloway.
    •    27 Jul: Catherine Ennis [St Lawrence Jewry]
                    Programme includes music by Scheidemann, Bach, Reger, Widor.
    •     3 Aug: James Lancelot [Durham]
                    Programme includes music by Bach, Reger, Alain, Guilmant.
    •     10 Aug: Colin Walsh [Lincoln]
                     Programme includes music by Bach, Reger, Franck, Stanford, Vierne. 
    •     17 Aug: Ian Hare [Lancaster]
                    Programme includes music by Bach, Handel, Reger, Hare.
    •      24 Aug: Simon Nieminski [Edinburgh]
                    Programme includes music by Bach, Reger, Grainger, Langlais.
    •      31 Aug: Francesca Massey [Durham]
                     Programme includes music by Bach, Reger, Franck, Wagner.

      • 22nd April:  Edward Taylor [Carlisle]

                                Prelude and Fugue in B major                                   Marcel Dupré
                                Clair de Lune                                                              Louis Vierne
                                Prelude and Fugue in D Major                                   J.S.Bach
                                Three Pieces                                                                Niels Gade
                                Aria                                                                             Flor Peeters
                                Hommage à Buxtehude                                              Petr Eben
                                Carillon-Sortie                                                            Henri Mulet

  • Sunday 10th May: James Lancelot [Durham] - broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Passacaglia in C minor [BWV 582]                              J.S.Bach
Sonata No.1                                                                 Paul Hindemith
Paean                                                                           Kenneth Leighton
Plymouth Suite                                                            Percy Whitlock
Sonata on the 94th Psalm                                           Julius Reubke
  • 20 May: Francesca Massey [Durham]
Passacaglia in D minor                                               Wihelme Middleschulte
Four Sketches for Pedal-Piano                                    Robert Schumann
Prelude, Adagio et Choral varié sur "Veni Creator"     Maurice Duruflé
Cantilene improvisée                                                  Charles Tornemire
Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue                             Healey Willan
  • 17 Jun: James Norrey [Newcastle]
Suite Breve                                                                 Jean Langlais
Allein Gott in dder Hoh sei Ehr'                                    J.S.Bach
Fantasia in F minor                                                    W.A.Mozart
Le jardin suspendu                                                      Jehan Alain
Animal Parade                                                             Iain Farrington
  • 15 July: Jonathan Allsop [Durham]
Prelude & Fugue in E flat                                           J.S.Bach
Liberte te ex inferis (Poema ex Dante)                         David Loxley-Blount
Sonata in G                                                                 Edward Elgar
  • 12 Aug: James Lancelot [Durham], plays the complete J.S.Bach: Orgelbuchlein
  • 9 Sept: David Ratnanayagam [Durham]
Sonata in A                                                                  Felix Mendelssohn
Passacagalia in C minor                                              J.S.Bach
Scherzo in G minor                                                      Enrico Bossi
Sketch in F                                                                  Alfred Floyd
Suite Modale                                                                Flor Peeters
Sonata Eroica                                                              Joseph Jongen
  • 14 Oct: Jeremy Filsell [Washington, US]
        Deuxieme Symphonie                                                 Marcel Dupré
        Fantasie Choral No.2 in F# minor                               Percy Whitlock
        Hymne aux mémoires héroique                                  Jean Jaques Grunewald
        Triptique: Three hymn Tune Fantasias                       Francis Pott

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 2006 || 2005  2004 || 2003 || 2002 || 2001 || 2000 || 1999 || 1998 || 1997 

Glass    The two Early English Organ Project organs, based on the Wetheringsett and Wingfield fragments, were in residence in 2008. 
The Wetheringsett organ  (in the Quire) was used regularly in Friday Evensongs, and the Wingfield organ (in the Galilee) with men's voice Evensongs.  The organs have now been transferred to a residency in St.Paul's Cathedral, and since elsewhere.


Fourth edition 2014, with up-dating and new colour pictures
[A comprehensive history of] Durham Cathedral Organs
by Richard Hird and James Lancelot [1991]
[Price £8.99]
  available direct from:
Durham Cathedral Shop, Durham DH1 3EQ, UK
Telephone 0191 3868669

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[This is an] excellent booklet...detailed in its history but thoroughly
enjoyable to read... The two authors must be commended for combining
scholarly research with readability...Heartily recommended...
The Organ


To celebrate the centenary of the rebuilding of the Willis 
organ by Harrison & Harrison in 1904/5, 
a superbly illustrated 2005 Calendar was published. 

It's not too late to purchase for the pictures! 
Enquiries to: 
Harrison & Harrison Ltd
St.John's Road, Meadowfield, Durham DH7 8YH 
Tel.(0191) 378 2222 || Fax (0191) 378 3388 

[proceeds in aid of the Cathedral Choir Association]

Durham Cathedral and related webpages you might like to look at:

Cathedral information on the Diocesan Website
the Cathedral's own Website (includes the service music list and diary of events)

Durham Cathedral Choir Association

History of Durham Choristers

Other useful links:

Newcastle Cathedral
Friends of Cathedral Music || Church Music || British Choirs
Durham Diocesan Homepage


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