Following an 18-month break in our regular monthly series due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday Live Organ Recitals recommenced on 7th October 2021. Admission free with retiring collection.
Spring 2022: Cathedral COVID protective measures remain. Latest update here.
Every person entering the Cathedral is asked to take personal responsibility for respecting social distancing and the wellbeing of others as well as themselves: As we gather inside the Cathedral, please help to keep everyone safe, by:
– Wearing a face covering
– Refraining from entering if you have Covid, Covid symptoms or live with anyone showing symptoms
– Maintaining physical distancing from anyone not in your household/bubble
– Using the hand-sanitisers provided
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.
From January 2022 we are continuing to release videos from time to time.
Check the Thursday Live YouTube channel for new releases.
A week late to avoid the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday – come and hear Paul Carr play a programme with a royal flavour.
Thursday 9 June 2022 1.15pm: Paul Carr
Sir William Walton (1902-1983) [arr. William McKie]
Coronation March 1953: Orb and Sceptre
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) [arr. Reginald Goss-Custard]
Symphony no.7: Allegretto
Charles Ives (1874–1954)
Variations on America
Edwin H Lemare (1865-1934)
Andantino in D flat
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Pièces de Fantaisie: Carillon de Westminster
2022 Series Further Details
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.
John Cotterill is an Organist and a Software Engineer. As the former, he has performed variously in the roles of recitalist, soloist, accompanist, and continuo player across the UK and abroad. This is his debut in the Thursday Live series, but his associations with St Chad’s Cathedral go all the way back to his Christening. Since then he has sung in the Cathedral Choir as a treble and then bass, and served a period as Acting Director of Music. When not playing the organ or managing software projects he can be heard singing in Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir, or be seen conducting, or playing table tennis, or being kept in a constant state of exhaustion by his three young children.
Nigel Morris is Assistant Director of Music at St Chad’s. He received his early musical training in his home town, Stoke-on-Trent, before being awarded a Junior Exhibitioner Scholarship at the Royal Manchester College of Music where he studied organ, piano, viola and voice. After A-levels, studies continued at the Birmingham School of Music under the distinguished organist and scholar, George Miles. Whilst there, Nigel was the first Organ Scholar at St Chad’s Cathedral, during John Harper’s tenure as Director of Music. On graduation, Nigel pursued a career with Staffordshire Police Force for nineteen years after which he returned to Birmingham for postgraduate study with David Saint and Marcus Huxley. Other posts he has held include St Mary’s Stafford and Stoke Parish Church. He is currently a member of the IAO Council, Chair of the Assistant Cathedral Organists’ Association and President of the Birmingham Organists’ Association.
A native of Melbourne, Australia, Travis Baker is considered to be one of the finest organists of his homeland. Travis is now based in England studying with world-renowned concert Organist, Dame Gillian Weir. He is completing a Masters Degree in Instrumental Performance, (organ) at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, under the tutelage of Daniel Moult, and he is also resident organ teacher at Battle Abbey School.
His recital career regularly takes him throughout the U.K., Continental Europe, Scandinavia and America. His growing reputation has led to invitations to give the Annual Opening Concert for the Organ Club of Great Britain and to première David Loxley-Blount’s Knotweed, commissioned by the Eric Thompson Trust.
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.
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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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.
Thursday Live Organ Recitals
Founded 2008 © Paul Carr Organist Recitalist