Tuesday 19 July
Please note that this recital will no longer be live-streamed due to a technical fault with the live-stream. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
All are welcome to join us for an Evening Organ Recital with David Briggs. David is a concert organist, known for his passion for making organ music accessible to a wide and diverse audience. He was also Cathedral Organist here at Gloucester between 1994 and 2002, so it is wonderful to welcome him back for what promises to be an evening of spectacular music.
The programme will include:
Marchand Dialogue in C
Cochereau/Briggs Scherzo symphonique improvisée
Debussy/Briggs Cinq interludes (Pelléas et Mélisande)
Franck/Briggs Symphony in D minor
The recital will begin at 7.30pm, and admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music.
We ask that you register your attendance in advance by clicking on the 'book' button to the right of this page. This is to help us in managing numbers, but walk-ups will also be welcome on the day.
Please find below an update from our Director of Music, Adrian Partington, regarding the Gloucester Cathedral organ.
Few cathedral and church organs in the United Kingdom have a pair of organ cases to match the two we have here at Gloucester Cathedral. The “Great Case” dates from around 1666; the smaller case, the “Chaire Case” dates from at least fifty years earlier than that. These cases weren’t always placed where they are now; but since 1718, they have stood proudly in their current position, and have housed several different sets of pipes during the past three hundred years.
Organ pipes and mechanisms wear out after a time, simply from heavy use; and the Gloucester Cathedral organ has had to have several radical rebuilds since it arrived in its present position. The principal, more recent rebuilds have occurred in 1847 (Henry Willis), 1888 (Henry Willis), 1920 (Harrison and Harrison), and 1970 (Hill, Norman and Beard). Apart from some minor changes and repairs undertaken in 1998 by Nicholsons of Malvern, the instrument from 1970/71 gave valiant service for just over fifty years.
It, too, has now failed, as all its predecessors eventually did. In the past few years, some of the pipework has become unusable; but more fundamentally, earlier this year, the transmission , which has been temperamental for some months, ceased to function completely.
Since March, the famous organ of Gloucester Cathedral has been silent, and, without a total restoration, will not speak again. The Chapter , anticipating a cathedral organ crisis, began in 2018 to prepare for a rebuild. Various inspections and studies have since been carried out, and several different schemes for a renovation have been discussed .
A contract has been signed with organ specialists Nicholson & Co, who have successfully cared for the instrument for over twenty years, to refurbish the organ, with work due to commence in 2024. While we wait for the organ to be rebuilt, we are grateful to Mr. Paul Vaughan for the loan to us of an excellent “digital” organ, which is the instrument which currently accompanies all the services in the Cathedral. We're currently experimenting with the virtual pipe organ software Hauptwerk, using sounds from the organ at Hereford Cathedral. We think it sounds almost as good as it does down the road!
- July 19, 2022
- Opening times
- Tuesday 19 July 7.30pm-8.45pm
- Quire 12 College GreenGloucesterGL1 2LX
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