Following an 18-month break in our regular monthly series due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday Live Organ Recitals recommenced on October 7th 2021. Admission free with retiring collection.
As we gather inside the Cathedral, please help to keep everyone safe, by:
– Refraining from entering if you have Covid symptoms or live with anyone showing symptoms
– Wearing a face covering
– Cooperating with the contact tracing procedure on entry
– Remaining physically distanced from anyone not in your household/bubble
– Using the hand-sanitisers provided
Please see the Cathedral’s website here for latest Covid safety updates.
Thursday 2 December 2021: David Saint & Paul Carr
Andrew Carter (b. 1939)
Toccata on ‘Veni Emmanuel’
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Schübler-Chorales: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645
Wilbur Held (1914-2015)
O Come Emmanuel; Silent Night; Shepherds; The Three Kings; Joy to the World
Joseph Bonnet (1884–1944)
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694–1772)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Orgelbüchlein Chorale Preludes:
Nun Komm’ der Heiden Heiland BWV 599
Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn BWV 601
In Dulci Jubilo BWV 608
Marcel Dupré (1886–1971)
Variations sur un vieux Noël
From September 2020 to September 2021 short recitals were broadcast on the Thursday Live YouTube channel on the first Thursday in each month at 1:15pm replacing the live recitals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Visit the channel to view the individual pieces from each recital.
Paul Carr has performed on many of the finest instruments in the UK. Further afield highlights include recitals in Chicago, St Patrick’s Cathedral New York, Washington National Cathedral and two organ recitals at Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris.
Professor David Saint has been Organist and Director of Music at St Chad’s Cathedral since 1978 and until summer 2015 he was Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. In addition to venues in the UK, David has performed recitals in France, Germany and Korea.
All of the programmes from the start of the series in 2008 are listed here.
The Organ in St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham:
The organ of St Chad’s Cathedral, by J.W. Walker & Sons (1993) is one of the finest in Birmingham.
Open Diapason 8
Open Flute 8
Harmonic Flute 4
Super Octave 2
Grave Mixture II
Swell to Great
Positive to Great
Voix Celeste 8
Chimney Flute 8
Tapered Flute 4
Stopped Diapason 8
Nasard 2 2/3
Tierce 1 3/5
Larigot 1 1/3
Sharp Mixture IV
Swell to Positive
Open Diapason 16
Bass Flute 8
Super Octave 4
Positive to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
6 pistons to each division and 6 general pistons. Multiple channels with memory card access.
40-minute organ recitals throughout the year on the first Thursday of each month at 1.15pm
St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham
St Chad’s Cathedral
St Chad’s Queensway
Birmingham B4 6EU
Admission free, retiring collection.
How to find us:
Birmingham Snow Hill. St Chad’s is 5 minutes away via the platform-level St Chad’s and St Paul’s exit, which emerges in Livery Street. After exiting, turn right then immediately right again under the bridge, then over the crossing. St Chad’s is now in front of you.
St Chad’s This recent exit brings you out with St Chad’s in front of you, negotiate the pedestrian crossings and you’re there.
Cathedral car park with limited parking, accessed from Shadwell Street, currently one-way.
Disabled parking bay in front of the Cathedral (3 hours maximum).
A large car park is also available at Snow Hill station.
It should also be noted that the Cathedral is now within the Birmingham Clean Air Zone and charges may apply. More here…
St Chad’s is a short walk from Colmore Row. With the Town Hall behind you continue past the entrance to Snow Hill station and turn left along Snow Hill Queensway, passing the large One Snowhill and Two Snowhill office blocks, downhill to St Chad’s.
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