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Free lunchtime concerts at Carlisle Cathedral continue

Edward Taylor, Assistant Organist at Carlisle Cathedral is the latest musician in this year’s free lunchtime concert series at the venue, where he will be presenting a special recital on Tuesday 10 September.

The programme, The Colours of the Organ, includes pieces specially chosen to reflect the variety of sounds and styles which the majestic Cathedral organ can produce, including works by JS Bach, Widor and Whitlock. Installed in 1856 and built by renowned organ-maker Henry Willis, the Cathedral’s organ is played daily at services; to hear it at full throttle in such a magnificent setting is a truly memorable experience.

Edward has been Assistant Organist at Carlisle since 2008 and has held several organ scholarships at places including Ely Cathedral and Leeds Parish Church. An Associate of the Royal College of Organists, he leads a busy freelance career and is in high demand as a concert organist, accompanist and chamber musician, travelling extensively throughout Europe and the UK with a vast repertoire of works spanning five centuries from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

As an active choral conductor, he specialises in choral workshops for children, youth choirs and ‘Come and Sing’ events for adult choirs. He has conducted many large-scale works and is Musical Director to the Penrith Singers and to the Dumfries Choral Society. He is also the Musical Animateur for the cathedral’s ‘Singing Out’ outreach project and is a familiar face to hundreds of Cumbrian schoolchildren, leading singing in primary schools throughout the county. In 2009 he co-founded the Carlisle Cathedral Children’s Choir, Carlisle Cantate, who perform secular music regularly in concert venues across Cumbria.

The recital starts at 12.45pm and last approximately 45 minutes. Entry is free and all are welcome.
Edward’s album, Fantasy on Carlisle, includes 14 tracks recorded at Carlisle Cathedral, including the title track, written by Adrian Self. It is available on CD from the Cathedral gift shop.

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