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Summer Music Festival 2017

A festival of music will be held at Peterborough Cathedral from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June 2017, to celebrate the return of the Cathedral organ, now at concert pitch.

Special hotel deals are offered to visitors at the Summer Music Festival 2017.
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All events take place in Peterborough Cathedral unless otherwise stated.

A 20% discount is available for those booking full price tickets to all Festival events, Friday to Sunday, via Oundle Box Office, 01832 274734. Download the Festival leaflet.

Steven GrahlPre-Festival Organ Recital, Monday 5th June

2.00pm    Animal Parade
Steven Grahl gives a public performance of Iain Farrington’s Animal Parade at the conclusion of a music day for schools.  All are welcome.
Tickets: £5 (£4 concessions). Unreserved seating.

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Choral EvensongFriday 9th June

5.30pm         Choral Evensong 
The traditional service of Choral Evensong with the Cathedral choir and organ.
All are welcome.

David Briggs7.30pm         Opening Organ Recital by David Briggs 
David Briggs is regarded as one of the world's finest improvisers and his virtuoso performances thrill and entertain their audience in equal measure. Once described as a “magical musical millipede”, he is definitely one to watch as well as listen to! There will be a video link between the organ loft and a big screen in the nave. 

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions). Unreserved seating.

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Saturday 10th June 

10.30am     Into the Organ Loft
See what happens when those stops are pulled! The Cathedral’s organists get in amongst the organ pipes at high level in the Cathedral to give a virtual tour, shown on screen to the audience in the nave, and demonstrating how the organ works.
Tickets: £5 (£4 concessions). Unreserved seating.

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3.00pm     Hauptwerk and the Cathedral organ
A talk and demonstration by Ben Trenchard
Ben TrenchardIn Knights’ Chamber (Cathedral Visitor Centre)
Former Peterborough Cathedral chorister, Ben Trenchard, will introduce Hauptwerk, the leading virtual pipe organ software. Permission was granted to undertake the re-pitch of the Cathedral organ only on condition that a recording was made of every single note at its original pitch. Ben will show how it is possible, using this recording and Hauptwerk software, to create a virtual instrument on which to play ‘Peterborough Cathedral organ’ at its original pitch. 
Tickets: £5 (£4 concessions). Unreserved seating.

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7.30pm      Festival Concert 
The programme for choir, organ and orchestra includes Poulenc Organ Concerto and Barber Toccata Festiva, alongside a new commissioned work by Toby Young, and music by Parry and Fauré. The concert will be directed by Grammy Award winning conductor, David Hill.
The Bristol Ensemble; Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus; Peterborough Choral Society; Steven Grahl, organist.   
Tickets: £25, £20, £15 (U18s half price).

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Eucharist serviceSunday 11th June 

10.30am          Festival Eucharist with choir, organ and brass 
Mass for Choir, Organ and Brass by Joseph Jongen will be performed by the Cathedral Choir, Prime Brass and organist David Humphreys, directed by Steven Grahl. All are welcome.

David Humphreys1.30pm            Organ Recital and World Première of Tu es Petrus
David Humphreys, Assistant Director of Music, will perform a new composition by David Briggs, commissioned especially for the Festival.
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions). Unreserved seating.

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3.30pm            Choral Evensong 
The finale of the festival is Choral Evensong with choir and organ. All are welcome.

Pipewatch logoPipewatch

View our series of short videos which follow the story of the Peterborough Cathedral's organ journey from old philharmonic to standard concert pitch.

Pipewatch video series