Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Seamus Cunningham

Ushaw College

Events at Ushaw

ushaw College



Events at Ushaw College

Michael Haynes, Assistant Organist, Hexham Abbey - Saturday, 18 March at 2.30pm. Retiring Collection. Refectory open for food from 11.00am – 4.30pm


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

The programme will include:

Bach (1685 - 1750) - Prelude and Fugue in Eb major BWV 552

Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847) - Sonata no.6 in D minor
I.Chorale and Variations

Widor (1844 - 1937) - Symphony no.6 in G minor

Whitlock (1903 - 1946) - Four Extemporisations


Michael Haynes studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first class honours, and gaining various diplomas at that time including FRCO. A postgraduate year at the Royal Academy of Music followed, with an Organ Scholarship to St Alban’s Cathedral. Subsequently he moved to study in Winchester, achieving a PGCE and the CHM diploma whilst Assistant Organist at Winchester College.

Later teaching posts included Clifton College and Roedean School. Michael went on to be Director of Music at The University Church in Cambridge, Hexham Abbey and St Chad’s College, Durham; recording many choral CDs and two solo organ CDs over the years. In 2014 Michael completed the degree of MMus at Newcastle University.

He now works as Assistant Organist at Hexham Abbey and Second Assistant Organist at Newcastle Cathedral, often working as a recitalist, accompanist, examiner, choral conductor, and teacher of piano and organ. Choir tours, recitals and examining tours have given him opportunities to travel around Europe, South East Asia and the USA.


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 - surprisingly however, it is relatively unknown. 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 about the recital series and other events happening at Ushaw this year is available from the website.


To find out more information about Ushaw College, including volunteering opportunities, please visit our website, where most of our events are listed. For further enquiries please e-mail us:, or telephone: (0191) 334 5119.