On Friday 9 October, Dean Close will host a very special organ recital featuring internationally recognised organist and conductor, James O’Donnell.

James, who is both Organist and Master of Choristers at Westminster Abbey, will play the new Dean Close Chapel organ which was installed a year ago. It is a bespoke instrument which cost over £700,000 and has greatly enhanced the quality and experience of concerts and services at the School. The inspiring instrument which has a diverse range of sounds for professionals and students to explore. There are over 2500 pipes in the new instrument, making up 39 stops that produce a range of sounds from the rich tones of the Flute Harmonique through to the deep bass sound of the Open Wood.

A highly celebrated musician, James has given concerts all over the world, from the United States to Australia and New Zealand, throughout Europe and across Asia. Closer to home he has appeared in the BBC Proms and was also honoured with directing the music for the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the memorial service of Nelson Mandela.

Headmaster of Dean Close, Bradley Salisbury, comments: “We greatly look forward to welcoming James to our Chapel; the new instrument has brought such pleasure to the musical and choral life at Dean Close School and we are incredibly fortunate to be able to showcase this with a concert performed by a world-class organist.”

The evening’s programme will comprise three chorale preludes by Bach and, a selection of pieces by Messiaen, Wammes and Dupré. The concert promises to be a delight to all, not least musicians and admirers of the new instrument. Admission is free, please email Felicity Copp – Development@Deanclose.org.uk – if you would like to attend.