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Music, Sun 5 Apr 2020, free entry

Beverley Minster

Beverley Minster


Illustrious organist, John Scott Whiteley – who was for more than three decades organist of York Minster – gives the Sunday lunchtime organ recital.

An authority on the organ music of Bach, John has become well known for his performances on BBC2 and BBC4 of Bach’s complete organ music – 21st Century Bach – described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘a triumph both nationally and musically’. The recital opens with one of Bach’s greatest works for organ, the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. Schumann described the variations of the passacaglia as ‘intertwined so ingeniously that one can never cease to be amazed’.

The recital continues with another set of variations, this time by John’s friend, the late Alan Spedding, organist of Beverley Minster for over 40 years. Chorale variations were a favourite vehicle for Alan’s solo organ music and today we hear his final organ composition, published posthumously – a set of variations (diversions) on the Lutheran chorale, Vater unser im Himmelreich. John’s performance will be a touching tribute to the kind musician in whose honour the festival was established.

John premiered James MacMillan’s Toccata at the 2019 Three Choirs Festival, and the recital ends with another Toccata – by the Italian virtuoso Fernando Germani who was one of John’s teachers and the man who made a number of famous LPs at Selby Abbey in the 1960s.

Join the crowds in the spectacular gothic nave of Beverley Minster to hear the fine 1769 Snetzler at this popular annual event.

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsGift shopWheelchairs available

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 5 Apr 2020 12:30 13:30
All Welcome


Free entry

Free- part of The New Paths Music Festival

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Beverley minster


Minster Yard North,
East Yorkshire,
HU17 0DP



See location of Beverley Minster on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 037392  Lat: 53.83934 Long: -0.42456

By Road:
Follow signs for Beverley.

By Public Transport:
ahead of Railway Street, left down Highgate.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Beverley station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available