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International organist to play at Worcester Cathedral

Prize-winning virtuoso, Thomas Ospital is titular organist of the largest organ in France at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris, and newly-appointed organist in residence at Maison de la Radio (Radio France Concert Hall). He will be giving an early evening organ concert at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 1st October 2016 at 6.45pm.

Mr Ospital is a young artist who has quickly earned a place amongst the world’s finest concert organists. He has won prizes at several international competitions including the Chartres Competition, the Xavier Darasse Competition, and the Saragossa and Angers competitions. Dedicated to the art of improvisation in all of its forms, he typically includes improvisations in his concerts and frequently accompanies silent films as well. At 26 years old, Mr Ospital is the youngest virtuoso to be invited to play for the cathedral’s annual celebrity recital, given to mark the birthday of the world-class Kenneth Tickell Quire organ, which was completed in 2008. Mr Ospital will be performing virtuosic masterpieces by Liszt, Bach, Mozart, Vierne, Franck, and Durufle, as well as an improvisation.

The cathedral organ was specially made in Northampton over the course of 18 months. It stands in pride of place amongst the medieval vaulting of the Cathedral Quire and weighs 18 tons. It has 3,577 pipes, and took over 19,000 man-hours in total to design and build. Over the course of eight years, the organ recital series has seen performances by international artists such as Wayne Marshall, Olivier Latry, and David Briggs. The cathedral also hosts a free lunchtime recital series on Thursdays during the summer term.

This Worcester Cathedral Organ Concert by Thomas Ospital will take place on Saturday October 1st 2016 at 6.45pm
Tickets cost £14 and are available from Worcester Cathedral Shop, or online at
Tickets will also be available for cash only on the door. Under 18s are free and do not require a ticket.