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Cirencester International Organ Festival will take place from 18th - 25th April 2015.
This is the fourth organ festival to take place in the town organised by Cirencester Parish Church - home to a world-class organ - and the second year to feature an international programme.
The 2015 festival opens with a gala recital performed international composer, improviser and virtuoso organist Naji Hakim who is visiting the festival from Paris. One of the leading musicians of his generation, Dr Hakim has previously held posts as Organist at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, before succeeding Olivier Messiaen at the church of La Trinité. Dr Hakim rarely performs in the UK and it is a significant privilege that he has chosen Cirencester as one of his rare UK concert locations.
On the Friday night of the festival Paris and the South West of England will combine for an exciting gala performance by Andrew Dewar. Currently organist of The American Cathedral in Paris, Andrew was born in Somerset before taking up posts in Wells and Bristol. Now an internally renowned recitalist Andrew has won audience prizes at competitions from Canada to St Albans.
The festival will close with Anthony Hammond’s innovative organ improvisation to the silent movie Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, on Saturday 25th April.
The week-long festival, starting on April 18th, includes five free week-day lunchtime recitals and three ticket-only performances.
Tickets are on sale now, available from the website www.cirencesterorganfestival.co.uk Tickets are £12 each, or £30 for a passport ticket to all three performances. Tickets will go on sale at Cirencester Parish Church shop, at the end of the month. Many of the hotels in the area have provided discounts on B&B rates for festival attendees and details are available from firstname.lastname@example.org
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