Gloucester Cathedral Organ compressed

To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the building of the Cathedral’s organ case, Gloucester Cathedral organists past and present will perform the chorale-fantasias of Max Reger in the centenary year of his death (1873-1916)

On Wednesday 20 April at 7.30pm, David Briggs, Organist Emeritus, Gloucester Cathedral, will perform Reger’s Chorale-Fantasia: Straf’ mich nicht in deinem Zorn, op. 40 no. 2. David is an internationally renowned organist whose performances are acclaimed for their musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages.  David held positions at Hereford, Truro and Gloucester Cathedrals. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at St James Cathedral, Toronto.


Admission to the recital is free and to mark the opening night of the special series you are warmly invited to join us in the Chapter House at 6.45pm for a pre-concert drinks reception.


Gloucester Cathedral’s magnificent organ was originally constructed in 1666 by Thomas Harris. It is the only complete 17th century cathedral organ case surviving in this country, and the pipes displayed on the front of the case still speak to this day!

Max Reger (1873-1916) was a progressive early modernist composer in Germany who expanded upon the styles of Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms. He was considered one of the great composers of the era alongside Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. A prolific composer who wrote more than 1,000 works, he also contributed extensively to the chamber, orchestral, vocal, piano and choral repertoire throughout his life.

A further five evening recitals will take place as part of this special series:

Wednesday 18 May: Jonathan Hope, Assistant Director of Music, Gloucester Cathedral, Reger Chorale-Fantasia: Hallelujah! Gott zu loben, op. 52 no. 3


Wednesday 22 June: William Peart, Organ Scholar, Gloucester Cathedral

Reger Chorale-Fantasia: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, op. 40 no. 1


Wednesday 21 September: Adrian Partington, Director of Music, Gloucester Cathedral, Reger Chorale-Fantasia: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, op. 52 no. 2


Wednesday 19 October: Ashley Grote, Master of Music, Norwich Cathedral

Reger Chorale-Fantasia: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, op. 27


  • Recitals start at 7.30pm
  • Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Cathedral music
  • Big-screen projection of the organ console


Gloucester Cathedral has a full programme of year round organ recitals, details of which can be found on our website at

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