Lunchtime at Redcliffe - Free Organ Recital featuring Simon Bell

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St Mary Redcliffe

Simon Bell

(Dean Close School / Tewkesbury Abbey)

Thursday 19 March 2020

1.15-1.55 pm

Simon Bell became Director of Choral Music and Organist at Dean Close

School in Cheltenham in September 2012, directing the boy choristers and lay

clerks of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum in the weekday services in

Tewkesbury Abbey. His post at Dean Close also includes responsibility for all

the choral music in the Senior School. Between 2012 and 2014, Simon was

responsible for the design and installation of the new chapel organ at Dean

Close School. Under his direction, Schola Cantorum has continued to

broadcast regularly and has recorded highly acclaimed CDs for Regent


Prior to his current role, Simon was Assistant Director of Music at Winchester

Cathedral, where his post included working frequently with all the Cathedral

choirs and accompanying them in the daily round of services, recordings,

television and radio broadcasts and also on tour. He has also held posts at

Southwell Minster, Westminster Abbey, St Albans Cathedral, and Leeds Parish

Church (now known as Leeds Minster, where Sir Edward Bairstow was


Simon graduated from the University of Leeds with first class honours and

holds an MMus from the Royal College of Music. He was a prize winner at the

coveted St Albans International Organ Festival in 2001 and 2005, and is a past

Limpus Prize winner in the FRCO diploma examination. He is also a former

holder of the WT Best Memorial Organ Scholarship, awarded by the

Worshipful Company of Musicians. Simon continues to be active as a solo

organist, performing concerts regularly in Cathedrals and Churches up and

down the UK and abroad. Between 2015 and 2018, he was the Festival

Organist at the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy.


If you are a UK Tax Payer, please would you consider gift-aiding your donation

at the end of the recital? We are able to claim back 25p in every £1.

Envelopes and pens available at the back of church.

A donation of £5 with gift aid would be worth £6.25 to us,

A donation of £4 would be worth £5.

Simon Bell

(Dean Close School / Tewkesbury Abbey)

Thursday 19 March at 1.15pm

Concert Overture in C minor - Alfred Hollins

Choral & Scherzo (Symphonie II in E minor) - Louis Vierne

Prelude, Scherzo & Passacaglia (Op 41) - Kenneth Leighton

Please turn off mobile phones before the concert begins

Please do not take photos during the performance.

No Recordings can be made of this concert

without the permission of the performers

For further information about organ recitals in the UK, please visit



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The Spring 2020 Series continues on Thursday 26 March

with Paul Walton (Bristol Cathedral)

Spring Term 2020

2 Apr Nigel Nash Bristol

Summer Term 2020

23 Apr Huw Morgan Bristol

30 Richard Morgan Memorial Concert (various organists)

7 May Hans Uwe Hielscher Marktkirche, Wiesbaden

14 William Saunders Suffolk

21 Andrew Kirk St Mary Redcliffe

28 Paul Rosoman New Zealand

4 June Timothy Easter Harpenden

11 Norman Harper London

18 Craig Cartwright Middlesborough Cathedral

25 Jonathan Vaughn Greenwich, USA

2 July Cathy Lamb Lichfield Cathedral

9 Ian Quinn Florida

16 Alessandro Bianchi Lugano, Switzerland

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