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The T.CLewis organ (1897) at Southwark Cathedral is one of the finest romantic instruments anywhere in the world and suits music of many different styles and periods.
To mark our Director of Music Peter Wright's retirement after 30 years, the Cathedral will be hosting four organ recitals, given by Peter himself and three of the world’s leading organists.
2 May - Stephen Disley (Sub-Organist and Director of the Girls' Choir, Southwark Cathedral)
9 May - Olivier Latry (Titulaires des Grand Orgues, Notre-Dame, Paris)
23 May - Peter Wright (Director of Music, Southwark Cathedral) includes post recital reception
Following the recital Peter and his fellow Nicholas Danby Trustees invite you to join them for a celebrity soiree in the stunning and unique setting of the ancient retrochoir (c.1212). This occasion is to mark Peter's retirement folloing his distinguised work over so many years at Southwark and to promote the work for young organists by the Nicholas Danby trust. This reception starts at 8pm and will finish 10pm approx.
6 June - Colin Walsh (Organist Laureate, Lincoln Cathedral)
Peter Wright, Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral
Peter Wright was born in Hertfordshire. He was educated at Highgate School and then spent two years as Organ Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, studying with Richard Popplewell (Organ) and Angus Morrison (Piano) and gaining various prizes and diplomas. In 1973 he went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as Organ Scholar where he continued his organ studies with Dame Gillian Weir and with Flor Peeters in Belgium.
Following this Peter Wright became Sub-Organist at Guildford Cathedral and, since 1989, has been Organist and Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral. In March of 2014 the Bishop of Southwark awarded him an Honorary Lay Canonry to mark his 25 years in the post. Under his direction, the Choir has recorded many CDs and undertaken three tours to the USA and several in Europe. They have sung at the BBC Proms andbroadcast regularly on television and radio.
Peter is much in demand as an organ recitalist and choral conductor, both here and abroad, and enjoys a wide and varied repertoire. In addition, he plays regularly with the country’s leading orchestras, both solo and continuo and has performed widely in Europe, Japan, South Africa, USA, Bermuda, Australia and New Zealand.
In May 2011 Peter Wright was awarded the prestigious FRSCM, in recognition of his work at Southwark and for church music in general, and he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. Now a Vice-President of the Royal College of Organists, Peter Wright became a member of the Council in 1990 and was Chief Examiner from 1997 before becoming President (2005-2008).
All income generated from ticket sales goes towards supporting the upkeep and restoration of our T.C.Lewis organ. For further details about the organ please visit our website here