Durham Cathedral organist records classical music CD

Organist and Chorister master James Lancelot with his new cd at Durham Cathedral on Wednesday night.
Organist and Chorister master James Lancelot with his new cd at Durham Cathedral on Wednesday night.
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A CHURCH organist has recorded six classical sonatas for release on CD.

Durham Cathedral organist James Lancelot made the recordings on the cathedral’s Harrison and Harrison organ.

“The six Mendelssohn sonatas for organ have a status out of all proportion to their scale and size,” said James.

“The sonatas were never entirely out of fashion, but were perhaps living under a critical shadow in the mid-20th century. They are now recognised as masterpieces.”

The Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, plays the organ and is impressed with the recordings.

“I am an amateur,” he said. “But I know excellence when I hear it.

“I’ve heard several recordings of these sonatas, and I can honestly say this one excels them all.

“We are fortunate to have a musician of the standing of James as leader of the cathedral’s team of musicians.”

The CD is on sale in the shop in the cathedral cloisters.