Andrew Lucas - Organ Recital, Sunday 19th October

Thu, 16 October 2014

On Sunday afternoon, 19th October, at 3pm, Andrew Lucas, Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral will give an organ recital showcasing the splendour and majesty of the 4,500 pipes of the Cathedral organ.

 His programme includes music written by Elgar and Howells in response to World War I, and three fascinating works by the pioneering organist-composer Jehan Alain, who was killed in action in World War II, aged just 29. The recital also includes works by the eighteenth-century German organist Dieterich Buxtehude, and the nineteenth-century Parisian virtuoso Eugène Gigout.

 This is part of an occasional series of Sunday afternoon organ concerts at the Cathedral, which present an opportunity to hear a full-length organ concert given by the Cathedral’s resident musicians and other internationally-renowned organists.

 The next recital in the series will be given by the Cathedral’s Assistant Master of the Music, Tom Winpenny on 7th December, 5.15pm.

 Sunday’s recital will last around 60 minutes, and a retiring collection will be taken towards the work of the Cathedral Music Department.

 Admission free. Retiring collection. Not suitable for small children. For further information: Cathedral Information Desk 01727 860780.


  • The Cathedral organ was built by Harrison & Harrison Ltd of Durham in 1962 to a design by Peter Hurford (then Master of the Music at the Cathedral) and Ralph Downes. It is a four-manual instrument of 64 stops and contains over 4,500 pipes. The organ is central to the Cathedral’s liturgy and is used daily to accompany the choral services. It is also the centrepiece of the International Organ Festival, founded in 1963, and one of the world’s longest-running and most prestigious music competitions.

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