Organists announced for Canterbury Cathedral organ recitals

PUBLISHED: 10:59 26 January 2017

Church organ

Church organ


It will be the last season with the current organ before it is taken down and rebuilt

David FloodDavid Flood

Canterbury Cathedral has announced three internationally renowned organists will join 2017 season of organ recitals.

It will be the last season using the current organ before it is removed and rebuilt.

The recital season begins on February 11 when Paul Hale, recently retired organist at Southwell Minster, Nottingham­shire, will play. Mr Hale was previously assistant organist of Rochester Cathedral and assistant director of music at Tonbridge School.

One of the Cathedral’s own organists Adrian Bawtree plays for the second recital on March 18. He came to Canterbury Cathedral in September 2015, having been organist at Rochester Cathedral and previously director of music at Christ’s Hospital School.

Robery QuinneyRobery Quinney

On April 22 James O’Donnell, director of music at Westminster Abbey will be playing. Responsible for the music at all the Abbey’s services and special occasions, Mr O’Donnell is internationally recognised as a conductor and organ recitalist and has given concerts all over the world.

Canterbury Cathedral assistant organist and Girls’ Choir director David Newsholme is playing on May 27. He has previously held posts at Worcester and Salisbury Cathedrals and Winchester College. He studied at New College, Oxford, York University and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

On June 17, Canterbury Cathedral’s organist and master of choristers David Flood is playing. He has been responsible for every aspect of the Cathedral’s music programme since 1988, and has been a key participant in four Enthronements of Archbishops and two Lambeth conferences.

Robert Quinney, New College, Oxford, completes the season on July 22. He is director of music at New College, Oxford. Prior to succeeding Edward Higginbottom in Oxford in 2014, Mr Quinney had been sub-organist at Westminster Abbey and director of music at Peterborough Cathedral.

Paul HalePaul Hale

Organiser of the recital season, David Newsholme said: “We are delighted that three internationally-renowned organists are coming to play at Canterbury and we hope that many will take up the opportunity to come and hear them. For the home team it will something of a poignant occasion as it will be our last recital on the current organ which is reaching the end of its musical life.”

Details of each of the organist’s programmes are available by visiting

There is no need to book to attend the recitals as tickets are available on the door priced £8 (£6 concessions). Recitals begin at 7.30pm.

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