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Organ Discovery Day – ever wanted to try out the Pipe Organ?

On Saturday 23rd September 2017, in association with the Royal College of Organists, we are having an Organ Discovery Day in the St Cecilia Auditorium.  To view the flyer, please click here.

Masterclasses – experienced student players

In the morning current students of the organ will have a masterclass with the celebrated organist Steven Grahl, Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral.  This is open to students from any school but you must already be learning the pipe organ. Lunch is provided and there is a further workshop in the afternoon given by Robert Gowers, Organist of Nottingham Cathedral.

Have a go – absolute beginners aged 10-14

In the afternoon from 2pm there will be an opportunity for absolute beginners, from any school, aged 10-14 to try out the organ under the direction of Mr Grahl. Students who already play the piano should bring a piece they like to play.

This session finishes at 3.30pm. Students from English Martyrs School who want to learn the organ have the opportunity of free lessons in school.

Inaugural Concert – general public

At 4pm Steven Grahl is giving a concert on the organ. It will be the very first concert featuring the new Peter Collins Organ since it was installed and it is therefore the Inaugural Concert. This concert promises to be a really thrilling occasion and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. The programme for the concert includes a number of exciting pieces from across the centuries.

All events are free but you should register for tickets. Young people under 18 who are not members of English Martyrs School must bring an adult with them.

To register for tickets please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Concert programme:

J.S. Bach   Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565)
P. Whitlock   Scherzetto (Organ sonata)
L. Vierne  Carillon de Westminster
F. Mendelssohn  War March of the Priests
M. Dupré   Prelude and Fugue in G minor
I. Farrington  From Animal Parade:
  • Entrance
  • Giraffes
  • Barrel organ monkey
  • Hippopotamus
  • Alley cats
  • Exit