Bradford Cathedral’s cherished tradition of the weekly free ‘Wednesday@One’ organ recitals is set to resume after a brief hiatus for Easter.

The upcoming season boasts an impressive roster of eleven organists, kicking off with Bridlington’s own Paul Dewhurst on Wednesday, 17th April 2024.

Scheduled every Wednesday at 1 pm, except on 29th May, these recitals are preceded by an optional £4 buffet lunch at 12:30 pm.

In the interim period, the Bradford Cathedral Choir is embarking on a tour to Northumberland.

Attendance to the organ recitals is complimentary, although donations are appreciated. The performances typically span around 45 minutes, and attendees are encouraged to explore the Cathedral both before and after the recital.

Anthony Gray, Assistant Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, says; “’We’re greatly looking forward to another season of fabulous performances in our Wednesday@One series at Bradford Cathedral. This term, we are once again welcoming organists from all over the country, as well as some international visitors, to delight us in a huge variety of music.

“The summer season is themed around the development in the French symphonic repertoire, so we will be exploring the music of composers such as Widor, Vierne and Guilmant, through to Franck and Duruflé and other lesser-known composers such as Marie Prestat.

“The season will also include a world premiere by Leeds-based composer, Dr Niki Zohdi.

“Do look out for our regular ‘notes from an organist’ blog posts, in which our recitalists preview their programmes, and we look forward to seeing you for another great series.”

Dr Niki Zohdi says of his composition; “My piece is called Kambaramayanam-34 and is inspired by my recent travels to the Tamil Nadu region of India. The piece uses an ancient Tamil poem as its starting point. A rumbling pedal drone continues for the entirety of the piece with interjections of different material played on the organ manuals.”

Following the summer break, the organ recital series will resume with the Autumn season on Wednesday, 4th September 2024.

This season’s organists in full:

17th April 2024 – Paul Dewhurst (Bridlington)

24th April 2024 – Alberto Barbetta (Italy)

1st May 2024 – James Mitchell (Sheffield)

8th May 2024 – Anthony Gray (Bradford)

15th May 2024 – Christopher Stokes (Manchester)

22nd May 2024 – Graham Thorpe (Bradford)

5th June 2024 – David Bendix Nielsen (Denmark)

12th June 2024 – Jonathan Allsopp (Southwell Minster)

19th June 2024 – Pete Gunstone (Bradford Cathedral)

26th June 2024 – Francesca Massey (London)

3rd July 2024 – Jonathan Kingston (Stony Stratford)