Today we won’t be hearing the sweet singing of the choir, but the impressive sounds of York Minster’s Grand Organ. Playing for us is Benjamin Morris, Assistant Director of Music at the Minster, and the piece he performs is Toccata on 'Wachet Auf' by David Halls who also happens to be Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral! The piece is the winning entry in the over 18 category of the Grand Organ Composers’ Competition, which York Minster organised in partnership with Cathedral Music Trust and Banks Music Publications to celebrate the organ’s once-in-a-century refurbishment.
David’s piece was given its world premiere at York Minster’s Advent Procession on 28 November. The winner of the under 18s category will be announced in the coming weeks, and their piece will be played at the Minster's Nine Lessons and Carols on 22 and 24 December.
"We were delighted with the response to the competition which attracted a high calibre of entries. The competition was designed to celebrate the Grand Organ’s return at the heart of worship in the cathedral, continuing a heritage which goes back centuries. It’s been fantastic to be able to invite people to be part of this landmark project, adding to this rich musical history while celebrating the instrument’s future."
Benjamin Morris, Assistant Director of Music
Your gift this Christmas will enable us to support choirs all year round and continue sharing this extraordinary musical heritage with people of all ages and backgrounds.
What's more, thanks to a generous matched-funding pledge of £25,000 towards our Christmas Campaign, every donation made between now and 31 December will be doubled!