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Busy weekend for Cathedral Organ

Gloucester Cathedral's organ
Adrian Partington will use the cathedral organ for a world premiere

On Saturday 29 August (7:30pm), Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, Adrian Partington will perform the world premiere of Fanfare Fantasia by James d'Angelo - composed with the organ at Gloucester Cathedral in mind, and showing off its versatility and range of orchestral colours.

The programme includes virtuosic works by some of the greatest composers for the organ in the last 400 years: Bach's Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 662; Buxtehude's Praeludium in F sharp minor BuxWV146; Sweelinck Variations on 'Soll es sein' and Saint Saëns Three Preludes and Fugues Op 109.

The concert also features Mendelssohn's organ sonata No. 5 in D, in honour of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Adrian Partington
Adrian Partington is Artistic Director of the 2010 Three Choirs Festival

Adrian Partington is a musician of rare versatility - a successful conductor, chorus master pianist and organist.

He has been Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral since January 2008 and last week unveiled the programme for his first Three Choirs Festival as Artistic Director in 2010.

Tickets for the concert are £8.00 (including a glass of wine after the concert) available in person from Gloucester Cathedral Shop, Stroud Tourist Information Centre on 01453 760900 or on the door.

Organ recital

On Monday 31 August at 12.30pm, the Cathedral will bring out the large screen for another free Bank Holiday Monday organ recital.

The large screen in the Quire means that audience members can see the organist at work. Usually, the organist is tucked away out of sight in the organ loft.

Daniel Hyde, Director of Music, at Magdalen College, Oxford, will perform Wagner's Prelude to "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg", Alfred Hollins "Song of Sunshine", Allegro vivace from Widor's Symphony No 5, Chelsea Fayre by Goss-Custard, Villanella by John Ireland and Toccata by Fernando Germani.

Admission to the concert is free and no ticket is required. Audience seating will be set out in the Quire and Presbytery as the Nave is displaying the Icons in Transformation exhibition.




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