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Cathedral Organ Takes To The Big Screen

Posted: Friday 3rd April

Cathedral’s Father Organ Takes To The Big Screen

It may not be Hollywood but this year Salisbury Cathedral's Father Willis Organ will be making its Big Screen debut as plans to place a special video-relay screen in the organ loft during concerts finally come to fruition.

The addition of the big screen, revealing the hitherto hidden performers and showing off the Cathedral’s lovely Father Willis organ, is an exciting innovation that will offer Cathedral concert goers an even richer experience of the already a compelling line up of well known and accomplished artists.

John Challenger, Salisbury Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music said: “I am delighted to announce the introduction of a big screen - the pipe organ is a fascinating instrument, yet the performer is often hidden away in an organ loft, which can sometimes create a barrier between the performer and the audience".

At each of the 2015 recitals, the organ loft and organist (including views of the organ console and pedals) will be visible to audience members sitting in the Cathedral Nave; those who prefer to experience the recital without this added element may still sit in the Quire, directly underneath the magnificent instrument.

“We hope that the big screen will give listeners a much more enlightening experience of the Cathedral’s great Father Willis Organ.”

The new ‘Big Screen’ organ concert series opens on Wednesday 15 April with the Alcock Recital, given by renowned organist Sarah Baldock.

Sarah is a familiar face to Salisbury Cathedral concertgoers, having held organist’s posts at both Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals. Her wide-ranging programme this year opens with William Mathias’s Toccata Giacosa, and features two contrasting works by Bach, along with compositions by Anton Heiller, César Franck, Kenneth Leighton, Frank Bridge and Louis Vierne.

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