Join us on Tuesdays at 1.15 pm throughout the summer for our Lunchtime Organ Recitals. Admission is free with a retiring collection and large-screen video projection is available at all concerts.

This week's recital is given by Laurence John, St Davids Cathedral.




Trumpet Tune in D major

Daniel Bishop

(b 1981)

Sonata No 3 in A major

i. Con moto maestoso

ii. Andante tranquillo


Felix Mendelssohn


A sad pavane for these distracted times

Thomas Tomkins


Three Preludes founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes

i. Bryn Calfaria

ii. Rhosymedre

iii. Hyfrydol   

Ralph Vaughan Williams



William Mathias


Laurence John is the assistant director of music at St Davids Cathedral. He has previously held cathedral positions at Hereford and Exeter.

During his undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford, Laurence was organ scholar at The Queen’s College. He accompanied the chapel choir, described by Classic FM as ‘one of the world’s most renowned choirs’, for weekly services as well as concerts, tours, recordings, and two BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. Beyond the college, Laurence played for the choir at Westminster Abbey, HM Chapel Royal St James’s Palace and on a tour to America, where he accompanied services and concerts in many major cathedrals and churches, including Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

He has worked as an organist, pianist, and harpsichordist with a number of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Academy of Ancient Music, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Instruments of Time and Truth. Whilst a student at Hereford Cathedral School, Laurence accompanied the internationally acclaimed Cantabile Girls’ Choir and played for winning performances by the choir in the final of Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition and at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen; broadcast on BBC One and S4C respectively.

A prize-winning Associate of the Royal College of Organists, he currently studies with Stephen Farr.