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OrganFest 2019

OrganFest 2019
Cardiff and Llandaff, 6–8 September 2019 

The Welsh capital will host OrganFest 2019. A biennial national event, OrganFest this year will be held at landmark churches in Cardiff, at the superb National Museum and at St David’s Hall, and a gala organ concert given by the internationally acclaimed organist and improviser David Briggs will take place in the magnificent surroundings of Llandaff Cathedral.

OrganFest events at Cardiff and Llandaff are:   

Friday 6 September, 19.30 
Recital at Eglwys Dewi Sant by Gerard Brooks (Organist, Central Hall, Westminster & President of the Royal College of Organists), who plays an ideal programme of Bach and Mendelssohn, and English and French works for this distinguished Henry ‘Father’ Willis organ of 1887. In association with Cardiff Organ Events.  

Saturday 7 September, 11.00 
David Pipe, Director of the innovative Organists’ Training Programme in the Diocese of Leeds, introduces the Peter Collins organ (1982) of the city’s iconic St David’s Hall and amongst other works performs Bob Chilcott’s Mr Majeika and the Magic Organ (for narrator and organ), based on Humphrey Carpenter’s popular children’s story. 

Music from Harry Potter and Star Wars is also on the bill, and this family concert will feature the Wooden One-Octave Organ for Young Technologists (WOOFYT) – a fascinating, hands-on experience for children which introduces them to the principles and mechanics of the organ. In association with St David's Hall, Cardiff.  

Saturday 7 September, 14.30 
Gerard Brooks, in his second recital, plays Bach, Franck and Widor on the beautiful 1894 Henry Willis organ at the city’s Parish Church, St John the Baptist. In association with Cardiff Organ Events.  

Saturday 7 September, 19.30
Gala organ recital at Llandaff Cathedral by international concert organist David Briggs (Artist-in-Residence, St John the Divine, New York). David’s programme explores the recently installed and acclaimed organ by Nicholson & Co., and, from this astonishing exponent of the organ, treats us to a symphonic improvisation on Welsh melodies. In association with Llandaff Cathedral.   

To be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for future broadcast.  

Sunday 8 September, 11.00
Recital and talks at The National Museum, Cardiff. In a session entitled ‘Temple of Tone’, Robert Court (Cardiff University Organist) and Andrew Renton (Keeper of Art, National Museum Wales) illustrate the history of the Williams-Wynn Organ and discuss some of the other exhibits in this remarkable gallery. In association with the National Museum, Cardiff. 

OrganFest happens thanks to the collaboration of three national organisations: the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS), the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO) and the Royal College of Organists (RCO), the three UK bodies which represent organists and organ studies. OrganFest 2019 is the fifth OrganFest since the series was founded in 2014. 

More details of OrganFest 2019 will be found at http://www.organfest.org.uk/

OrganFest Season Ticket

Why not book a season ticket for all 5 events? There are two types of season ticket to choose from.  Each gives access to the OrganFest events listed above.  To book, please click here

 Option 1   OrganFest Season Ticket without transport to the Llandaff Cathedral concert on 7 September.  £43 
 Option 2 

 OrganFest Season Ticket *with return coach transport to the Llandaff Cathedral concert on 7 September.


Plus an optional £1.50 postage fee.

*The coaches for the Llandaff Cathedral concert will leave from the Hilton Hotel, Greyfrairs Rd, Cardiff CF10 3HH at 18.00. They will pick up from Llandaff Cathedral at 21.30 and return to the Hilton Hotel.

Mr Majeika and the Magic Organ: Family Concert with David Pipe (organ), John Biddle (narrator) and Jeremy Sampson (curator of the ‘WOOFYT’)

Sat 7 September 11:00am

David Pipe introduces the magnificent organ of the city’s iconic St David’s Hall and is joined by John Biddle to perform Bob Chilcott’s Mr Majeika and the Magic Organ.

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August 2019

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