Hereford Cathedral is holding a number Music for Schools events in October. These will take place during the week beginning 3 October 2016 beginning at 1.30 pm and finishing by 2.30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The Willis organKey Stage 2 pupils are invited to join us for an interactive musical experience introducing them to the cathedral’s pipe organ; the biggest and loudest musical instrument in the whole of Herefordshire and one of the truly great instruments in the world. The afternoon’s programme will complement elements of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum for music, also touching on themes in science and mathematics. With the help of a garden hose and a funnel our Director of Music, Geraint Bowen, will demonstrate how the organ works, and the afternoon’s events will conclude with a performance of Prokofiev’s ever-popular Peter and the Wolf, where Kay Garlick will tell the story and Peter Dyke will depict all the different characters using the cathedral organ instead of an orchestra! Peter arranged this music for the organ in 2005, when over 1,500 children from Herefordshire enjoyed a similar series of workshops. While he plays the music, a giant screen at the front of the nave will give the children exciting access to the to the live performance.

All schools taking part will be given a teacher’s pack of material for use in the classroom and a CD of an orchestral version of Peter and the Wolf. If you would like a copy of the score and the narrative in advance, please email to

This is a one-off opportunity to experience the full range of the cathedral’s magnificent pipe organ, so we anticipate that demand will be considerable and, while we will do our best to accommodate all who would like to come, in the first instance, wherever it is practical to do so, each school will be limited to a maximum of 50 places. We are conscious, however, that for some schools such a limit may not be practical, so we are more than happy to be flexible to avoid disappointment. We will also welcome children in other years if this makes it easier for your classes to participate.

The cost will be £2 per child, with no cost to teachers or adult helpers at a ratio of between 8 and 10 children per adult, but excluding children with one to one support. We are anticipating a great deal of interest, so please book early.

Booking information can be downloaded here.