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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Thursday Live organ recital series is currently suspended. However, from September we are presenting a short recital each month which can be viewed on YouTube. Please scroll down for further details and links.
We look forward to a time when we can recommence these performances in person.

From 1:15pm on Thursday 3rd September 2020, we hope that you will enjoy our short recitals on the Thursday Live YouTube channel.

The performers:

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.

Past programmes

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.

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 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:


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, 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.

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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