54 CATHEDRAL ORGANISTS TO GIVE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE OF FAMOUS WORK
As a church that upholds a strong choral tradition, as our recent Choral Evensong at Predigerkirche demonstrated, the Chaplain and Music Director thought this would be of interest to our own sacred music lovers.
In a press release yesterday….
The Cathedral Music Trust, a voice for UK cathedral music, announced that it has brought together 54 of the country’s leading organists, playing instruments from cathedrals, college chapels and major churches, to create a virtual performance of Bach’s iconic Toccata and Fugue in D minor. One of these organists, Ben Morris, played for us a couple of times, here at St Andrews, in recent years.
The video performance, to be introduced by Clare Balding, aims to raise money for the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund. It will go live tonight at 7.30pm CET (click the link)
Believed to be the first time this has ever been attempted, each organist has recorded a small section of the work which has been edited together into a single performance. The recording includes some of the UK’s most famous organs including St Paul’s Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, and the largest pipe organ in the country, Liverpool Cathedral.
Nicholas Freestone, Assistant Director of Music of Worcester Cathedral and the project’s producer said: “This has been an extraordinarily exciting venture which has brought together many outstanding musicians to play Bach’s most famous organ work. As well as admiring the great musical and technical feat of this performance, I hope listeners will contribute to the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund so that our professional choirs can continue to deliver the world-class singing for which they are renowned.”
In order of playing, the 54 organs are:
St Paul’s Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Isle of Man Cathedral
Temple Church, London
Magdalen College, Oxford
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
St Davids Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow
St Mary’s Church, Warwick
Hampton Court Palace
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
St Albans Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh
St George’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
St John the Divine, New York