‘The Grand Organ of Gloucester Cathedral’


‘The Grand Organ of Gloucester Cathedral’

New DVD released by Gloucester Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Jonathan Hope

The 14th release in Priory Records’ ground-breaking “The Grand Organ of...” DVD series is from Gloucester Cathedral, played by the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Jonathan Hope. As with all the other releases in the series the music is based on the history of the Cathedral and the City of Gloucester, as well as the surrounding area.

The popular programme includes several transcriptions which show off the organ in its best and most impressive light. ‘The Bonus Features’ section contains an in-depth demonstration of the organ as well as introductions to the programme and the split screen feature, where the organist talks through his registrations to the performed music.

Programme includes:

Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)
Dukas, arr. Hope: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Cochereau, arr. Filsell: Final from 'Symphonie de Boston'
Liszt, arr. Rogg: St Francis of Paola walking on the waves
Elgar, arr. Lemare: Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 in D ' Land of Hope and Glory'
Sowerby: ​Pageant

Available on BluRay or DVD, with a CD of the recital included with both versions. The DVD is available to buy in the Cathedral Gift Shop for only £21.99.

A promotional video is available to view on YouTube:

The release of this superb DVD coincides with the 350th anniversary of the building of Gloucester Cathedral’s organ case. The magnificent organ was originally constructed in 1666 by Thomas Harris. It is the only complete 17th century Cathedral organ case surviving in this country, and the pipes displayed on the front of the case still speak vibrantly to this day!


Biography: Jonathan Hope is quickly gaining a reputation at home and abroad as one of the most dynamic young organists of his generation. Educated at George Abbot School in his hometown of Guildford, he studied initially with Stephen Lacey, John Belcher and David Sanger, and then at the Royal College of Music, London with Margaret Phillips and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin.

Jonathan became Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral in March 2014, where he is the principal organist for the cathedral services, accompanist to the Gloucester Choral Society, Musical Director of the Saint Cecilia Singers, and Accompanist to the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival Chorus. Choir tours in 2015 included visits to Canada and Sweden with the Cathedral Choirs, and Bavaria with the Gloucester Choral Society. Recently Jonathan accompanied the choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester Cathedrals and the Three Choirs Festival Chorus in an anniversary concert at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

The 2016 Three Choirs Festival (held at Gloucester) will be Jonathan’s first time as Festival Organist - involving performances of Elgar’s The Kingdom, the Enigma Variations and Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Symphony of a Thousand) amongst others. In the same festival, Jonathan will conduct the Saint Cecilia Singers in a performance of Howells’ Requiem and the world première of Philip Lancaster’s War Passion.

Increasingly in demand as a recitalist, Jonathan’s career to date has taken him throughout the UK, as well as France, Germany, Italy, the USA and Australia. Recently, he has performed solo recitals at Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Saint-Sulpice, Paris. In summer 2015, Jonathan undertook recital tours to Germany and the USA. Further recitals in the 2016/2017 season are being planned in Sweden and Rome.

In May 2015 he released his first solo disc, Gloucester Experience (Willowhayne Records), featuring a new work, Homage à Paris, by the organist John Hosking, works by former Gloucester Cathedral organist John Sanders and Reubke’s mighty Sonata on the 94th Psalm. In the summer of 2016 he will be releasing a DVD, The Grand Organ of Gloucester Cathedral with Priory Records (featuring his own transcription of Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and will be recording Gloucester Experience Vol. 2 with Willowhayne, featuring his own transcription of Elgar’s In the South, and Liszt’s great Fantasia and Fugue on ‘Ad nos’.

Before coming to Gloucester, Jonathan was Organ Scholar of Winchester Cathedral (under Andrew Lumsden). At Winchester, Jonathan played for the funeral of the composer Sir John Tavener. Previously, Jonathan was Organ Scholar of Southwark Cathedral (under Peter Wright), serving as Acting Sub-Organist & Director of the Girls’ Choir in his final term, a term which included prestigious services for the 2012 London Olympics and HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

He has played with the Philharmonia Orchestra and worked with soloists including Roderick Williams, John Mark Ainsley and Brindley Sherratt. Recently, he has played in performances of Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Elgar’s The Apostles, Duruflé's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms at Gloucester Cathedral, and increasingly accompanies the BBC National Chorus of Wales at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff. He often broadcasts live as a performer on both BBC Radio 3 and 4 and BBC Radio Gloucestershire.


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