Colin Walsh – Lincoln Cathedral Organist Laureate

With the gentlemen of Lincoln Cathedral Choir

Experience an instrument like no other.

Colin Walsh’s association with Cathedral music goes back over forty years. He has served, in various capacities, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Christ Church Oxford (where he worked closely with Simon Preston and studied the organ with Nicholas Danby), Salisbury Cathedral and St Albans Cathedral. He went to Lincoln Cathedral in 1988 as Organist and Master of the Choristers, becoming Organist Laureate in 2003.

As an organ recitalist he has played in all the major venues in the UK, most European countries, the USA, Australasia, Hong Kong and Russia.

His studies in Paris with the blind French organist and composer Jean Langlais inspired him to specialise in 19th and 20th century French organ music. In 1988 he played, at a public concert, the music of Olivier Messiaen in front of the composer. His recordings on CD and DVD as a choral conductor, accompanist and soloist number nearly forty over many years and various labels. He has appeared as organ soloist in the BBC Radio 3 ‘Live in Concert’ series, and he recently recorded a live performance of Messiaen’s La Nativité for Priory Records.

He describes the famous ‘Father’ Henry Willis Organ of Lincoln Cathedral as ‘one of the best’. He teaches in Cambridge and London and is an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Lincoln. His interests include travel, animals and, of course, good food.


Gigout: Grand Choeur Dialogue

Bach: Erbarm dich, O Herre Gott, BWV 721

Dupre: Antiphons for Vespers Op. 18 with the gentlemen of Lincoln Cathedral Choir

Dum esset rex

Laeva ejus

Nigra sum

Jam hiems


Franck: Pièce héroïque

Litaize: Lied from Douze pieces

Vierne: Scherzo and Final from Symphony 2



Tickets are priced at £6.

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