Olivier Latry - Southwark Cathedral Celebrity Organ Recital

Organ Recital Music

The T.CLewis organ (1897) at Southwark Cathedral is one of the finest romantic instruments anywhere in the world and suits music of many different styles and periods.

To mark our Director of Music Peter Wright's retirement after 30 years, the Cathedral will be hosting four organ recitals, given by Peter himself and three of the world’s leading organists.

2 May - Stephen Disley (Sub-Organist and Director of the Girls' Choir, Southwark Cathedral)

9 May - Olivier Latry (Titulaires des Grand Orgues, Notre-Dame, Paris)

23 May - Peter Wright (Director of Music, Southwark Cathedral) includes post recital reception

6 June - Colin Walsh (Organist Laureate, Lincoln Cathedral)

Olivier Latry

Established as the leading worldwide ambassador for his instrument, French organist Olivier Latry has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, been the guest of leading orchestras under renowned conductors, recorded for major labels and premiered an impressive number of works. Named titular organist at Notre-Dame in Paris at the age of 23 and organist Emeritus at the Orchestre National de Montréal since 2012, Olivier Latry is first and foremost an accomplished, thoughtful and adventurous musician, exploring all possible fields of the organ music, with an exceptional talent as an improviser.

Olivier Latry regularly appears in venues like the Philharmonie de Paris, Disney Hall, San Francisco’s Davies Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Budapest’s Palace of Arts, Royal Festival Hall, KKL Lucerne, Royal Albert Hall, Suntory Hall, Mariinsky, Rotterdam’s de Doelen, and as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, RSO Wien, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre National de France, under conductors like Myung-Whun Chung, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stéphane Denève, Fabien Gabel, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, Edo de Waart and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Recent highlights include the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Maan Varjot for organ and orchestra with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre National de Lyon and Philharmonia Orchestra in 2014, and the premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2015. He premiered Benoît Mernier’s organ concerto for the inauguration of Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts’ new organ in 2017. In 2016 he recorded for Warner Music at the Philharmonie de Paris’ magnificent Rieger organ, which he had inaugurated earlier in the year. In the 2017 – 2019 seasons, Olivier is artist in residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie.

His strong attachment to the French organ repertoire led him to record Olivier Messiaen’s complete works for organ for Deutsche Grammophon which he also performed in recitals in Paris, London and New York. In 2005, he also recorded a César Franck album for Deutsche Grammophon. Among several other recordings, Olivier also recorded Saint-Saëns’ organ concerto with Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra for Ondine. His most recent recording on the Naïve label is entitled Trois Siècles d’Orgue à Notre-Dame de Paris which features music composed by past and current organists of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

A former student of Gaston Litaize, Olivier Latry now teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and is a recipient of numerous international distinctions and awards worldwide, including the Prix de la Fondation Cino et Simone Del Duca (Institut de France–Académie des Beaux-Arts) in 2000, and “Honoris Causa” Fellowships from the North and Midlands School of Music (UK) in 2006, and from the Royal College of Organists (UK) in 2007.  He was also named International Performer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists in April 2009, and received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal Canada in 2010.

There will be a post- recital collection in aid of the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral after the horric fire that took place on 15 April.

All income generated from ticket sales goes towards supporting the upkeep and restoration of our T.C.Lewis organ. For further details about the organ please visit our website here