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Date: 01/05/2014

Hereford Cathedral’s summer series of lunchtime organ concerts opens on Tuesday 6 May with a recital by the cathedral’s organ scholar, Jonathan Allsopp. Formerly a student of King’s College School in Wimbledon.

Jonathan has given a number of recitals across the country recently and in September will take up the organ scholarship at Durham Cathedral whilst he reads for a degree in Music from the university. Jonathan’s programme juxtaposes works by Baroque masters Bach and Bruhns alongside pieces by contemporary composers – music that will certainly put the Willis organ through its paces and demonstrate its versatility. “It’s been a joy getting to know the Hereford Willis since I started back in September and the repertoire I’ve chosen for this concert aims to show just why we have one of the best cathedral instruments in the country. As I have a particular fondness for contemporary music, some of the music is by living composers, but I hope the wide variety of music will satisfy everyone!”

Jonathan’s concert starts at 1.15 pm and is the first in a series of free lunchtime organ concerts by visiting organists, taking place in the cathedral on Tuesdays from now until 30 September.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection and members of the audience are able to watch the organists playing via a live video link to a big screen set up in the nave.