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ORGAN MEDITATIONS

It's been fantastic to welcome you back into the Cathedral for prayer, services and visits, and to hear our wonderful Harrison and Harrison organ during our Sunday morning Eucharists.

For the month of August, our Cathedral musicians will be playing Organ Meditations at 12.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Meditations will open with prayers.

Both morning and afternoon ticket holders are welcome to attend and enjoy half an hour of organ music and contemplation in our beautiful cathedral.

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Thursday 6 August

Our Assistant Organist, Glen Dempsey opens the Organ Meditation series with Franck's Chorale in E major and Mendelssohn's Sonata no. 6 in D minor.

Friday 7 August

In the second of our Organ Meditations,Glen Dempsey plays two works by J.S. Bach:

'Air' from Suite no. 3, BWV 1068 (Air on the 'G' string)
Chorale partita on Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768

Saturday 8 August

Glen Dempsey will give the third in our series of Organ Meditations, with the following programme:
Last minute change due to a fault with the Organ.

Thursday 13 August

Glen Dempsey will give the fourth in our series of Organ Meditations, with the following programme:

Prélude, Fugue et Variation - Franck
Nun ruhen alle Wälder - van Oortmerssen
Pastoral and Final from Symphony no. 1 - Vierne

Friday 14 August

Glen Dempsey will give the fifth in our series of Organ Meditations, with the following programme:

Sonata no. 4 in B flat major - Mendelssohn
Dum transisset Sabbatum - double - Michael Finnissy
Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572 - J.S. Bach

Saturday 15 August

Ely Cathedral's Director of Music, Edmund Aldhouse will give the sixth in our series of Organ Meditations, with the following programme:

Final from Symphony no. 6 - Widor
Four Versets on Ave Maris Stella - Dupré
Cantabile - Franck
Toccata, Fugue and Hymn on Ave maris stella - Peeters

Thursday 20 August

Aaron Shilson, Assistant Organist to Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir will give the seventh in our series of Organ Meditations, with the following programme:

Sonata no. 3 in D minor, BWV 527 - J.S. Bach
Rhapsody no. 1 - Howells
Carillon de Westminster - Vierne

Friday 21 August

Aaron Shilson will give the eighth in our series of Organ Meditations, with the following programme:

Impromptu - Jackson
Passion op. 145 no. 4 - Reger
Prélude and Fugue on the name of Alain - Duruflé

Saturday 22 August

Ely Cathedral's Director of Music Edmund Aldhouse will give the ninth in our series of Organ Meditations, with the following programme:

Toccata from Plymouth Suite - Whitlock
Trio Sonata no. 2, BWV 526 - J.S. Bach
Choral no. 3 in A minor - Franck

Thursday 27 August

Assistant Director of Music Glen Dempsey will be playing requests in this Organ Meditation.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 - J.S. Bach
Cortege et Litanie - Dupré
Prelude no. 3 - Douglas Mason
Choralvarié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator Spiritus' - Duruflé
Sortie in E flat - Lefébure-Wély

Friday 28 August

Assistant Director of Music Glen Dempsey will be playing requests in this Organ Meditation.
Paean - Howells
Rhosymedre - Vaughan Williams
Ciacona in E minor, BuxWV 160 - Buxtehude
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, BWV 740 - J.S. Bach
Scherzo - Gigout
Final from Symphony no. 1 - Vierne

Saturday 29 August

Ely Cathedral's Director of Music Edmund Aldhouse concludes our series of Organ Meditations.
Grand dialogue - Louis Marchand
Andante sostenuto (from Symphonie Gothique) - Charles-Marie Widor
Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582 - J.S. Bach


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