Battle of the Organs


undefinedChester Cathedral will hold a Battle of the Organs on Friday 20 May, starting 7.30pm, to help raise funds for the �1m refurbishment of its renowned Grand Organ. The cathedral will be filled with sound as four well-known organists try to out-play each other with music that guarantees emotion and goose bumps.

The evening will follow on from the success of Chester Cathedral’s first Battle of the Organs in 2015. This time the organ music to be featured will include:  Widor’s Toccata, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, and Holst’s Jupiter from The Planets, plus some lighter items from the theatre organ repertoire.

The organists taking part on Friday 20 May are: Chester Cathedral Director of Music Philip Rushforth (PICTURED ABOVE); Richard Hills (an acclaimed church and theatre organist); Geoffrey Woollatt from Manchester Cathedral; and Chester Cathedral’s Assistant Organist Andrew Wyatt.

Using two digital, state-of-the-art organs, a chamber organ and the mighty cathedral Grand Organ, the four organists will play in various combinations.

Dating from 1876, the Grand Organ has 4864 pipes and has been played virtually every day for nearly a century and a half. The instrument is of historical significance and great heritage value.  £1 million is needed to preserve and maintain the organ. The fund-raising Appeal will run for five years, until 2019.

Tickets are on sale for £10 and all proceeds will go towards the appeal Fund. Call the Box Office on 01244 500959 or visit or collect tickets from the door on the night.


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