Southwark Cathedral Celebrity Organ Recital - Colin Walsh

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

Following the recital Peter and his fellow Nicholas Danby Trustees invite you to join them for a celebrity soiree in the stunning and unique setting of the ancient retrochoir (c.1212).  This occasion is to mark Peter's retirement folloing his distinguised work over so many years at Southwark and to promote the work for young organists by the Nicholas Danby trust.  This reception starts at 8pm and will finish 10pm approx.

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

Colin Walsh

Colin Walsh’s association with Cathedral music goes back over forty years. He has served, in various capacities, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Christ Church Oxford (where he worked closely with Simon Preston and studied the organ with Nicholas Danby), Salisbury Cathedral and St Albans Cathedral. He went to Lincoln Cathedral in 1988 as Organist and Master of the Choristers, becoming Organist Laureate in 2003.

As an organ recitalist he has played in all the major venues in the UK, most European countries, the USA, Australasia, Hong Kong and Russia.

His studies in Paris with the blind French organist and composer Jean Langlais inspired him to specialise in 19th and 20th century French organ music. In 1988 he played at The Royal College of Organist’s some music of Olivier Messiaen in front of the composer. His recordings on CD and DVD as a choral conductor, accompanist and soloist number nearly forty over many years and various labels. He has appeared as organ soloist in the BBC Radio 3 ‘Live in Concert’ series, and more recently he has recorded a CD of Bach in Lincoln Cathedral, and Dupré and Demessieux from the famous Cavaillé-Coll organ of St Ouen, Rouen.

He describes the famous ‘Father’ Henry Willis Organ of Lincoln Cathedral as ‘one of the best’. He teaches in Cambridge and London and is an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Lincoln. His interests include travel, animals and, of course, good food.

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