Thursday LIVE

Organ Recitals
St Chad’s Cathedral Birmingham
First Thursday of each month: 1:15pm – 1:55pm

Next Recital Programme

Thursday 1 August 2024 at 1:15pm PAUL CARR *THURSDAY LIVE PLUS!*

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude and Fugue in E minor ‘The Wedge’ BWV 548

Zsolt Gárdonyi (b.1946)
Be thou my vision

William Felton (1715-1769)
A Little Tune

Roy Massey (b.1934)
Introduction and Passacaglia

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
Le Tombeau de Titelouze: Te Lucis ante Terminum    

Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

40-minute Organ Recitals St Chad’s Cathedral Birmingham
Every Thursday 1 August to 5 September at 1:15pm.

For full programmes click here

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 of these recitals.

We continue to produce videos. Check the Thursday Live YouTube channel for new releases.

Thursday LIVE 2024 Programme Leaflet 2
Thursday LIVE 2024 Programme Leaflet 1

February’s Thursday Live Organ Recital marked the 30th anniversary of the inaugural recital on the JW Walker Organ. More…

Walker at 30 Poster

David Saint and Paul Carr talk about Thursday Live 2024 and the Walker organ’s 30th anniversary.

Full biographies of all Thursday Live recitalists are available at each recital.

All of the programmes from the start of the series in 2008 are listed here.

September 2022: Cathedral update here
‘As at all times since the beginning of the pandemic and listening to the views of our parishioners, we have reviewed the practice of face coverings. As of September 2022 we invite you to follow the recommendation that a face covering in crowded spaces is still something that can help in preventing the spread of infection. Also, while people often express a view on what wearing a face covering means for them, it is reasonable in the setting of a church to say that you are also asked to consider the needs of your neighbour. Many people who come to church are vulnerable and many may live with illnesses that are not visible. Although everybody has a responsibility for their own health and protecting it, and while Covid is something that we need to learn to live with, let us continue to be vigilant and not put others at risk.’

The organ of St Chad’s Cathedral, by J.W. Walker & Sons (1993) is one of the finest in Birmingham.

Bourdon 16
Open Diapason 8
Gamba 8
Open Flute 8
Octave 4
Harmonic Flute 4
Super Octave 2
Grave Mixture II
Mixture IV
Cornet V
Trumpet 8
Swell to Great
Positive to Great

Salicional 8
Voix Celeste 8
Chimney Flute 8
Principal 4
Tapered Flute 4
Gemshorn 2
Mixture IV
Bassoon 16
Trumpet 8
Oboe 8
Clarion 4

Stopped Diapason 8
Principal 4
Flute 4
Nasard 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Flageolet 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Larigot 1 1/3
Sharp Mixture IV
Cremona 8
Swell to Positive

Open Diapason 16
Subbass 16
Octave 8
Bass Flute 8
Super Octave 4
Mixture IV
Ophicleide 16
Trumpet 8
Positive to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

6 pistons to each division and 6 general pistons. Multiple banks of 96 channels with memory-card access.


B4 6EU

By train:

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.

By metro:

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.

Car parking:

Cathedral car park with limited parking, accessed from Shadwell Street.
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…

On foot:

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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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.

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