Music at Doncaster Minster

The Doncaster Minster pictured from the Premier Inn hotel on High Fishergate. Picture: Marie Caley D3661MC
The Doncaster Minster pictured from the Premier Inn hotel on High Fishergate. Picture: Marie Caley D3661MC
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Doncaster Minster is to host a series of organ recitals over the next few weeks, by visiting organists who will play the magnificent Minster organ, built by Edmund Schulze and installed in the newly-built church in 1862, four years after the church was built.

With five Manuals (keyboards) and over 6,000 pipes it is the largest instrument the firm was to build.

On Friday lunchtimes the Organ Recitals start at 1.10pm; are approximately 50 minutes long; and there is free admission.

Friday 24th June Ben Horden (Organ Scholar,York Minster) Music by Vierne, J S Bach, Franck, Widor

Friday 8th July Nigel Holdsworth (York) Music by Buxtehude, Jackson, Bairstow, Stanford

Friday 22nd July Dr Simon Lindley (Organist Leeds Parish Church)

Music by Harris, Ireland, Coates, Magnus Black, Elgar

On Saturday Evening the Organ Recitals start at 7.00pm; are approximately 1 hour long; and there is an entry charge of £7.00 per person, including light refreshments.

Saturday 2nd July Martin Brown (Assistant Organist, Bangor Cathedral Music by J S Bach, Mendelssohn, Mathias, Hakim, Eben, Whitlock

Saturday 16th July Edmund Aldhouse (Assistant Director of Music, Ripon Cathedral) Music by Wagner, J S Bach, Martin, Durufle, Alain, Stanford

Saturday 30th July Dr John Kitchen (Edinburgh City Organist) Music by Roman, Scheidt, J S Bach, Franck.

At the recital on Friday 22nd July Raymond Chapman, who has organized the organ recital series at the Minster for nearly 52 years will be retiring. Mr Darren Williams, the Minster’s Director of Music, said: “We are truly grateful to Mr Chapman, for arranging the annual organ recital series for such a long time. During that time many distinguished organists have provided a wonderful feast of music to the people of Doncaster and those who have travelled to Doncaster to hear them”.