Lunchtimes reverb to the sound of organ proms at York Minster

The organ at York Minster. Photograph: York Minster
18 May 2013 @ 6.33 pm
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The organ at York Minster. Photograph: York Minster
The organ at York Minster. Photograph: York Minster
It has been said that the pipe organ within York Minster uses the entire Gothic cathedral as its sound box, and for the next few Friday lunchtimes, visitors will be able to enjoy hearing the wonderful instrument being played by the local team of organists and their guests, in a series of organ promenade concerts.

The Promenade Performances have been created to enable visitors to enjoy the sound of the organ from many different parts of York Minster. During the informal sessions, which last around 45 minutes, visitors can choose to either sit down to enjoy the performances, or wander around the cathedral, using the music as an accompaniment to their visit.

“We’ve got a fantastic programme across the four weeks which really showcase not only the organ and the incredible variety of sounds and tones that it can create, but also the skills of the players,” said Robert Sharpe, York Minster’s director of music.

“There is a mix of music that will be familiar, as well as some less well-known pieces, and a few surprises thrown in along the way.”

The next three lunchtimes concerts will feature:

  • Charlie Hubbard, organ scholar for Trinity Hall, Cambridge on May 24
  • Antony Norcliffe of Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds on May 31
  • Nicolas Haigh, York Minster organ scholar, on June 7

The Organ Promenade Concerts are part of a wide range of concerts and performances taking place in 2013 in York Minster. This includes a performance by the Minster Choir as part of the York Early Music Festival on July 12, and a summer season of organ concerts running every Saturday evening in August.

York Minster has also launched a new Twitter account dedicated to music taking place within the Minster, @yminstermusic. As well as the latest news on concerts and performances, the feed includes details of music being performed during services, guest performers and exclusive musical content provided by musicians from York Minster.