Free organ recitals at St Paul’s Cathedral


At 4:45pm on Sunday afternoons, St Paul's Cathedral hosts free organ recitals lasting for half an hour, featuring some of the best organists from around the world.

Anybody is welcome to attend, meaning that all those taking London getaways over the weekend who have an interest in organ music should make sure they get along to the beautiful cathedral at this time.

This weekend, Peter Holder – organ scholar of Westminster Abbey for the academic year 2012/13 – will be giving a performance. Holder has already recorded for BBC Radio 3 on more than one occasion, as well as performed in the BBC Proms 2012 and with the St Albans Abbey girls choir for their CD recording of works by Mendelssohn.

On May 5th, a recital by Paul Dean from St Michael's in Highgate, north London, will entertain visitors to the cathedral.

No such recital will take place the following weekend. However, the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, running from May 11th to 19th, will see Richard Moore show off his skills on May 19th. The festival is now in its 12th year, having enjoyed the exclusive commission of over 30 new works for it, as well as presenting 40 UK premieres and over 80 world premieres at it across the years.

If you are interested in hearing work by some younger, less experienced talents, students from the prestigious Royal College of Music will be giving a short concert on May 26th.

Looking a little further ahead, Jane Van Mol from Belgium, and James Metzler and David Jernigan, both from the US, will be giving recitals on June 2nd, June 16th and June 30th respectively.