Back to top  
Text size

Lunchtime organ concert in Huddersfield

About the event

Part of Kirklees Concert Season 2022/23

Guest Curator David Pipe has once against selected the brightest and best, to bring together an engaging series of lunchtime organ concerts at Huddersfield Town Hall.

From season debuts and works by contemporary composers, to more traditional repertoire, this is certain to be a spectacular showcase for the famous Father Willis organ. Dr Gordon Stewart, Organist Emeritus will make a welcome return and the University of Huddersfield will be back with their annual Christmas Concert.

David Pipe is Cathedral Organist for the Diocese of Leeds and is also Artistic Director of the Leeds International Organ Festival and Head of Organ Studies at the University of Huddersfield. Acknowledging the loyalty and sense of community inspired by the Organ Concert Season, and with Kirklees Year of Music approaching in 2023, David and the Council will work with audiences to determine the best course for the long-term programme for Huddersfield Town Hall's famous Father Willis organ, which dates back to 1860.

Please click on the link under Further Information for more details and online booking. Tickets are £5 per concert plus booking fee.


Huddersfield Tourist Information

Huddersfield Library Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2SU

01484 223200
Dewsbury Box Office and Town Hall Reception

Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG

01924 324501
Town Halls Box Office

01484 225755

Dates and venues

  • Monday 12 September 2022 - 1:00pm, David Pipe starts the new season off with Handel’s Hornpipe. Liszt’s brooding Funérailles follows, Philip Moore’s energetic Sonata is at the programme’s centre, with Lanquetuit’s jubilant Toccata closing in triumphant mood.
  • Monday 26 September 2022 - 1:00pm, Jonathan Scott demonstrates the full capabilities of the organ in a programme of orchestral transcriptions and original works for solo organ, including the Largo from Dvorák's 'New World' Symphony, and Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries!
  • Monday 17 October 2022 - 1:00pm, Stephen Disley returns to put the Town Hall organ through its paces! His programme includes atmospheric works by Bach and Jeanne Joulain, three of Demessieux’s choral preludes, and ends with Leroy Anderson’s catchy The Typewriter.
  • Monday 31 October 2022 - 1:00pm, We mark Halloween with a programme of spooky pieces! Bach’s dramatic Toccata & Fugue, followed by Barber’s haunting Adagio and Vierne’s mysterious Fantômes. Boëllmann’s grand Suite gothique closes with the popular, eerie,Toccata.
  • Monday 7 November 2022 - 1:00pm, Peter Wright plays iconic works from continental Europe. Bach’s transcription of Vivaldi’s concerto for two violins and Lionel Rogg’s ‘neo-baroque’ Partita, before Dupré’s virtuosic Variations provide a whirlwind conclusion.
  • Monday 14 November 2022 - 1:00pm, Francesca Massey on her first visit celebrates Franck’s bi-centenary with the arresting Pièce héroïque and declamatory Final, around Whitlock’s solemn Fantasie Choral and Roger-Ducasse’s dramatic showpiece Pastorale.
  • Thursday 15 December 2022 - 1:00pm, Music for Christmas - The Huddersfield Youth Choirs present a programme of Christmas music from round the world, with David Pipe at the organ also providing solos.
  • Monday 16 January 2023 - 1:00pm, D’Arcy Trinkwon raises the curtain on the Year of Music’s organ recitals. His varied programme includes Kjell Mørk Karlsen’s wonderful Introduction & Passacaglia on B.A.C.H., and concludes with Jongen’s blazing Toccata.
  • Monday 30 January 2023 - 1:00pm, From Athens, Ourania Gassiou plays here for the first time. Alongside masterpieces by Mendelssohn, Bach and Liszt, we hear modern works by Thierry Escaich, and Ad Wammes’s catchy and pop-inspired Miroir.
  • Monday 13 February 2023 - 1:00pm, Gordon Stewart, Organist Emeritus, gives his annual recital. Bach’s Passacaglia is at the centre of his colourful programme, including Robert Cockroft’s beautiful Lullaby, and ending with Reubke’s fiery Sonata on the 94th Psalm.
  • Monday 13 March 2023 - 1:00pm, Margaret Phillips returns with a highly varied programme. Weber's Jubilee Overture has a rousing account of our National Anthem! Wammers jazzy Happiness shows a different side, and Vierne's Toccata unleashes the might of the Willis organ.
  • Monday 20 March 2023 - 1:00pm, Thomas Trotter, treats us to a dazzling recital, including selections from Ligeti’s rarely-heard Musica Ricercarta, Jonathan Dove’s sparkling The Dancing Pipes precedes Thomas’s arrangement of Rossini’s popular overture.
  • Monday 27 March 2023 - 1:00pm, David Pipe's recital includes blind organist Alfred Hollins’ Concert Overture and Florence Price’s rarely-heard Passacaglia & Fugue. Then in lighter mood Eric Coates’ Knightsbridge March and Harold Britton’s variations on Gershwin’s ‘I got rhythm’

Further information



Music Kirklees has a culture rich in all forms of music: At a glance under Events: Concerts, shows, workshops etc relating to music of all kinds.