Ripon Cathedral celebrates restored organ with a weekend of music

Andrew Brydon, Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral

Andrew Brydon, Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral

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Ripon Cathedral has realaunched its painstakingly restored organ with a celebrity-studded weekend of music as the start of a series of recitals.

Olivier Latry, one of the finest organists of his generation, headlined two days of music this weekend with his recital last night.

Latry performed a programme of French organ music on the historic Harrison and Harrison instrument, plus his own improvisation.

Andrew Bryden, Ripon Cathedral’s Director of Music, said, “The improvement in the organ’s tone and performance since its refurbishment is impressive. I am delighted to welcome Olivier Latry here to give its official relaunch recital in a programme which will certainly showcase the amazing variety of musical colours which the instrument offers.”

Canon Keith Punshon, Sub-Dean of Ripon Cathedral said, “The organ is sounding better than ever since its refurbishment and this weekend will be like a party to celebrate the return of an old friend. We are grateful to everyone who supported the organ restoration appeal.”

Ripon’s own St Cecilia Orchestra performs Elgar and Saint-Saëns on Saturday as part of the weekend of organ-led music and worship. For times visit riponcathedral.info

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