Organ Recital - Oliver Macfarlane

This Organ Recital will be given by Oliver Macfarlane. Oliver started playing the piano at the age of 8 and later took up the organ.  His full-time music education began at Winchester School of Art followed by 4 years at the Royal College of Music where he gained his graduate and performing diplomas in both piano and organ. 

Oliver studied organ with Richard Popplewell, Gillian Weir and at the International Summer Academy in Haarlem, Holland.  Recently he has embarked on further organ studies in French repertoire with Ben van Oosten in The Hague.  He is a deputy organist for St Mary’s Church, Stoke D’Abernon and Christ Church Esher.  Recent recitals have included Bristol Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, St. Michael’s Cornhill, St Stephen’s Walbrook, All Hallows by the Tower and Holy Trinity, Gosport.

Oliver Macfarlane had a long career in broadcasting with the BBC.  He was series editor of performance output in the Television Classical Music department where his portfolio of programmes included the BBC Proms, the prestigious Young Musician of the Year competition, the conducting series Maestro, and many opera and ballet productions from the Royal Opera House. In 2013 Oliver left the BBC to concentrate on playing and teaching the organ.


Prelude and Fugue in C minor  BWV 549
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Allegro in B flat
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

 Choral in B minor
César Franck (1822-1890)

Pietro A. Yon (1886-1943)

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Truro Cathedral has one of the finest organs in the country. Built by Father Willis specifically to fit the acoustic of the building, its range, depth and power are truly awe-inspiring. The weekly Friday lunchtime series runs from March to October and each recital lasts around 50 minutes. These are completely free to attend - donations to support the cathedral's music are appreciated.