The popular weekly free ‘Wednesday@One’ organ recitals will return to Bradford Cathedral, after the summer break, at the start of September 2022.
This season will feature a line-up of fourteen organists, starting with Gordon Stewart on Wednesday 7th September 2022.
The organ recitals begin at 1pm every Wednesday (except for a one week break on the 26th October), and are preceded by an optional £4 buffet lunch at 12:30pm.
The organ recitals are free to attend, though donations are welcome. The recitals last around 45 minutes and those attending are also welcome to explore the Cathedral before and after the recital.
This season the organ recitals feature chorale preludes from The Orgelbüchlein Project, a major international composition project to complete J S Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book).
The manuscript of Orgelbüchlein has 118 missing pieces, ghostly gaps with only the title penned by Bach. Each of these gaps is filled by a new composition based on Bach’s intended melody. The new pieces, written by some of the most interesting composers at work today, survey a range of modern styles.
Recitalists have chosen at least one chorale prelude from The Orgelbüchlein Project, which forms the basis of their programme. You can expect varied programmes, showing off some of the best, and some of the least known, organ repertoire.
Graham Thorpe, Assistant Bradford Cathedral Director of Music, says:
“We’re absolutely delighted to be continuing our regular Wednesday@One organ recitals. The recitals are friendly and entertaining, consisting of 45-minutes of top-class organ playing, with the recitalists introducing pieces as they go.
“We would love to see as many people as we can join us for the weekly recitals! They have a great atmosphere, and the recitalists are all fantastic, with some local figures, but with big names from further afield, too.
“We can’t wait to see you here!”
For more information about the new series of ‘Wednesday@One’ organ recitals, please visit bradfordcathedral.org.uk/organ-recitals