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 John Challenger from Salisbury Cathedral.
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.
Präludium in C (BuxWV 137)
Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 1637‒1707)
Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759‒1824)
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (BWV 663)
J. S. Bach (1685‒1750)
Nadia Boulanger (1887‒1979)
Benedictus (from Colours of the Organ)
William Lloyd Webber (1914‒82)
Choral No 3 in A minor
César Franck (1822‒90)
John Challenger has been assistant director of music at Salisbury Cathedral since 2012. In this role he plays the cathedral’s famous Father Willis organ, and assists in the running of the cathedral choirs. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he is a former organ scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge, and he was taught by Frédéric Blanc, David Briggs, Jeremy Filsell, Mark Williams, and the late David Sanger. In 2017, John acted as director of music at St John’s College, Cambridge, during the sabbatical of the college’s director of music, Andrew Nethsingha. At Salisbury, John continues to work regularly as a conductor with Salisbury Musical Society and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Alongside conducting and teaching work, he has also been responsible for many recent projects at Salisbury Cathedral including Organ Vespers, the Organ Prom, the installation of the cathedral’s ‘virtual’ Father Willis organ, and several solo albums including, most recently, Salisbury Meditation, released to raise funds for NHS Charities Together following the use of Salisbury Cathedral as a Covid-19 vaccination centre with organ music.