Organ Prom | Salisbury Cathedral SCA002

Organ Prom


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Label: Salisbury Cathedral

Cat No: SCA002

Barcode: 5029385861322

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 30th October 2020



John Challenger (organ)


Alcock, Walter

Marche triomphale

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36
» Variation no.9 'Nimrod' (arr. John Challenger for organ)
Pomp and Circumstance March no.1 in D major, op.39 no.1 (arr Edwin Lemare)

Handel, George Frideric

Serse (Xerxes), HWV40
» Ombra mai fu (arr. Edwin Lemare for organ)

Lemare, Edwin

Andantino in D flat major, op.83 no.2 'Moonlight and Roses'

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Morceaux de fantaisie, op.3
» no.2 Prelude in C sharp minor (transcr. Louis Vierne)

Thalben-Ball, George


Wagner, Richard

» Prelude to Act 3 (trans. Edwin Lemare for organ)
» Treulich gefuhrt ziehet dahin (Bridal chorus) (trans. Edwin Lemare for organ)

Walton, William

Orb and Sceptre (arr. John Challenger for organ)

Widor, Charles-Marie

Organ Symphony no.5 in F minor, op.42 no.1
» V Toccata


John Challenger (organ)


In August 2018 Salisbury Cathedral was packed to the rafters as concert goers came to enjoy their first ever Organ Prom, a final 'adieu' before the Cathedral's famous Father Willis organ was decommissioned for restoration in 2019. Following completion of this restoration, the instrument sounds more glorious than ever. Due to current social distancing measures the 2020 Organ Prom takes the form of an album to hear at home - enjoy an evening of spine-tingling classics from across the continent on one of the finest organs in the United Kingdom.

Of this most recent album, John Challenger said: "Our Cathedral's great Father Willis organ, known and loved by listeners around the world, stood through the changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the current pandemic of our own century, we are denied the thrill of live performances of great works in grand spaces, the unforgettable shared musical experiences, the joy of massed crowds. I hope this album might remind us that, despite the loss, trials and uncertainty which currently surround us, it will one day be possible to share memorable musical experiences again, in the glorious and aweinspiring spaces we know and love. We couldn't let this summer pass without marking the return of our great organ from restoration, so I hope listeners will be able to find comfort in these well-known works, and the familiar sounds of this marvellous organ, restored for future generations."

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