Each summer, we welcome organists from across the country to perform on our magnificent Father Willis Organ as part of our lunchtime concert series. The concerts, which prove more and more popular each year, not only give the opportunity for Herefordshire audiences to hear virtuoso players, but also showcase a variety of up and coming young organists.

The ever-popular Tuesday lunchtime organ concert series starts on 7 May, when the cathedral’s organ scholar, Henry Metcalfe, will play a spectacular programme featuring music by Bach, Mendelssohn and others. Three of the cathedral’s former organ scholars are also included later in the series: Jonathan Allsopp (4 June), Charles Maxtone-Smith (25 June) and Douglas Tang (2 July); and John Challenger, assistant director of music at Salisbury Cathedral and former Hereford chorister, will give the concert on 27 August.

Young players will take a starring role this year, with two recitalists, Jed Hughes (23 July) and David von Behren (6 August) being recipients of awards from the Oundle for Organists summer schools and the concert on 10 September will be given by Michael d’Avanzo, a sixth-form student at Hereford Cathedral School.

Two organists from America will also be taking part in the programme with David Henning of Houston, Texas (18 June) and James Kealey of Rochester, New York (30 July) travelling to Hereford to perform.

Concerts begin at 1.15 pm, admission to all lunchtime and afternoon concerts is free with a retiring collection to help towards the costs of the series.


Click here for the full Lunchtime Concert Programme.


Photo: Henry Metcalfe, Organ Scholar at Hereford Cathedral.