Organ Recital

The 2021 Organ Recital Series sees the cathedral welcome first-rate organists to play Truro’s acclaimed Father Willis Organ. The guest organist will be Iain Quinn from Florida State University.

The series runs from July to October and each recital lasts around 45 minutes.  Each lunchtime concert is completely free to attend, the cathedral only asks that if you are able, you consider making a donation – the income generated by the generosity of both the audience and artists (who play for free) directly supports music at the cathedral and the ability to continue to offer such community events.


Sonata in D minor J. Frederick Bridge (1844-1924)
Allegro moderato
Introduction and Fugue

Barcarolle, Op. 10
Sergei Rachmaninoff, arr. I. Quinn (1873-1943) 

Sonata for Organ, Op. 165  Wilfred Josephs (1927-1997)
Poco allegro
(Written for Iain Quinn)

Toccata on Victimae Paschali Laudes
Iain Quinn (B. 1973)        

Biography of Dr Iain Quinn, Florida State University

Dr Iain Quinn was born in Cardiff. He grew up as a chorister at  Llandaff Cathedral, also studying the organ, piano, and trumpet. At fourteen, he was appointed Organist at St. Michael’s Theological College, Llandaff. He later joined the faculty of the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music, London. In 1994, he moved to the USA for study at The Juilliard School, the University of Hartford (BM summacum laude) and the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University (MM),returning to the UK in 2009 as a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Durham (PhD historical musicology). During 2011, he was a Visiting Composer in Chapel at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and in 2012 a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. In 2017, he was a Fulbright Scholar teaching at the  Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia and in 2018 the Rudolph Ganz Fellow at the Newberry Library, Chicago. In 2020, he was a Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Organ at Florida State University in 2013 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2019.

He has held church appointments in Durham, NeEpiscopal), Albuquerque, New Mexico. As an organist and conductor he has released fifteen CDs on the Chandos, Guild Hyperion, Naxos, Paulus, Raven and Regent labels. As a composer his choral workshave w York, Connecticut and Georgia, and from 2005–2010 served as Director of Cathedral Music & Organist at the Cathedral of St. John (been recorded by the choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge on a CD, The Garment of Holiness (Regent). His most recent recording is of Haydn Organ Concertos with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen (Chandos). He has completed critical editions of the previously unpublished organ works and early Christmas cantata of Samuel Barber (G. Schirmer), the complete organ works of Carl Czerny (2 volumes, A-R Editions), the complete anthems of John Goss    (A-R Editions) and a volume for the Elgar Complete Edition. He is the editor of a multi-volume series of English Organ Sonatas published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni. He has also published four books: The Genesis and Development of an English Organ Sonata; The Organist in Victorian Literature; Studies in English Organ Music (ed.); Life and Letters of John Bacchus Dykes (ed.). His forthcoming book, Music, Religion, and Society in the writings of Ian McEwan – A Voice in Time is due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2022.