Peter Dyke will be giving his popular Christmas Sparkle Organ Concert, in support of Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, on Saturday 12 December at 11 am.

A popular feature of the cathedral’s Christmas programme, the concert normally draws in hundreds of people to listen to the Father Willis Organ at the start of the Advent season. This year’s event will feature the same uplifting and festive favourites, performed by the cathedral’s assistant director of music, but audience numbers will be limited to comply with social distancing. The concert will feature large screen projection so that the audience can see the organist and the organ console, which will be suitably decorated for this festive occasion.

Peter Dyke, Assistant Director of Music at Hereford Cathedral, says: “This year has been such a challenging one for all of us – but music has the power to lift our hearts, and that’s never been more important than now! I am so glad that we can share some Christmas music with people in Hereford this year and the magnificent Willis organ is on great form. I’ll be playing a sparkling range of music by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Bach and Vierne, and there will be plenty of seasonal tunes in the mix as well. One I’m really looking forward too is Virgil Fox’s arrangement of Silent Night, featuring Hereford Cathedral’s unique glockenspiel stop!”

Attendees are kindly asked to purchase tickets, which cost £5, in advance from the cathedral website. In line with current guidance, everyone attending the concert will be asked to leave contact details to support with Test and Trace and face coverings must be worn throughout the event unless exempt.

Christmas Sparkle begins at 11 am on Saturday 12 December, booking is essential and tickets cost £5 from the cathedral website: www.herefordcathedral.org/christmas-sparkle-2020