Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Ushaw College

Events at Ushaw

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Edwin Bonney Organ Recital Series

Opening Recital of the 2018 Season: Andrew Reid, Managing Director of Harrison and Harrison Organ Builders – Saturday, 24 March 2018 at 2.30pm. Retiring Collection. Refectory Café and Gift Shop open from 11.00am – 5.00pm.

The organ recital series promotes an eclectic range of music from the classical organ repertoire; from renaissance to baroque and romantic to twentieth century.


Andrew Reid is Managing Director of Harrison & Harrison, Organ Builders, whose workshop is in Meadowfield, Durham. He has formerly worked as Director of the Royal School of Church Music, Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, Sub Organist of Westminster Abbey and Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral.

Andrew was born in Sevenoaks, Kent and educated at The Judd School, Tonbridge, and St Catharine’s and Robinson Colleges, Cambridge. Whilst at University he studied the organ with Peter Hurford and David Sanger and performed the complete organ works of JS Bach in one twenty-five-hour recital. In his work in London he accompanied leading liturgical choirs in daily services, broadcasts, concerts, tours and acclaimed recordings, including the first of the MacMillan Mass. He played the organ for the funerals of Cardinal Basil Hume and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. At Peterborough he directed the Cathedral Choir in the BBC1 broadcasts of Christmas services in 2008. As a recitalist he has performed around the world.

In 2017 Andrew relocated to the North East with his wife Louise and their four children. Alongside his work at Harrison & Harrison he is Director of Music at St George’s Church, Cullercoats, where he enjoys playing the fine T C Lewis organ of 1884.

Programme to include:

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (J.S. Bach)

Chorale Prelude on Rockingham (Leighton)

Sonata 1 in D minor (Guilmant)

Ushaw College was founded over two hundred years ago and has a rich and fascinating history, with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the North East, with many of the buildings designed by the illustrious Pugin family. The organ recital series, held in the magnificent setting of St. Cuthbert’s Chapel, is just one of an exciting and varied programme of cultural events happening throughout the course of the year. Other events include folk, classical, jazz and choral music, plus talks, plays, exhibitions and choral services.


Further information is available from the website.


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