Six Sixes: Assistant Director of Music Tim Harper performs Bach’s Trios & ‘Schübler’ Chorales, Mendelssohn, Howells, Joubert & Vierne.
Before the first lockdown, Ripon Cathedral regularly hosted concerts on Thursday lunchtimes. One day, it’s hoped they can resume, but until it is safe to do so, the cathedral has put together a programme of on-line recitals.
Late last year, Assistant Director of Music Tim Harper recorded a series of pieces composed in sixes, a number symbolic of completeness. One by one, each recital surveys J. S. Bach’s six Trio Sonatas and ‘Schübler’ Chorales, Mendelssohn’s six Organ Sonatas, Howells’ Six Pieces, John Joubert’s Six Preludes on English Hymn Tunes (for chamber organ) and to celebrate his 150th anniversary, the final movements of Vierne’s six Organ Symphonies.
The layout of the Ripon Cathedral Organ gives it different characters in different parts of the building, so pre-recording the recitals takes advantage of being able to move the mobile console around. One half of the programme is played in the more intimate space of the quire, while the other takes advantage of the louder – and more distant -sounds, obtainable from the crossing and nave.
These can be viewed on Ripon Cathedral’s YouTube channel