MusicConcerts & Recitals

Saturday Organ Recitals

Organ Recitals

A number of Saturday organ recitals will be held at St Paul's throughout 2017. Details will be published below as more information becomes available.


Saturday 7th October 2017 - 12 noon - Organ Recital (Free admission)

Ben Giddens, St Bartholomew the Great, Smthfield


Fanfare John Cook (1918 - 1984)
Prelude, Scherzo and Passacaglia Kenneth Leighton (1929- 1988)
Choral no. 1 in E major César Franck (1822 – 1890)
Ben Giddens is a freelance Organist and Pianist based in Reading, Berkshire and currently maintains a portfolio of performing and teaching in London, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Ben held the post of Director of Music at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, from 2015-2017.

From 2009-2012 Ben held the post of Sub-Organist at Magdalen College, Oxford where he featured on recordings and toured to Belgium and the Netherlands with the Chapel Choir. Prior to this Ben held the position of Acting Assistant Organist at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he performed live on BBC Radio 3 and performed at many Royal occasions.

In 2008 Ben graduated from the University of East Anglia with a first class honours degree in Music. Whilst studying for his degree, he held the organ scholarship at Norwich Cathedral. Here his notable performances included recording for ITV with the Cathedral Girls’ Choir, and accompanying the Cathedral Girls’ Choir on tour to Malta in 2005 and the Cathedral Choir to the USA in 2006. More recently, Ben has had the chance to tour Belgium (2013), Sweden (2014) and Latvia (2015) with the Cathedral Singers of ChristChurch Cathedral, Oxford.

Between 2014-2015 Ben held the post of Organist at St Bartholomew the Great, London. Whilst at St Bart's, Ben had the opportunity to work closely with Nigel Short and the professional choir.

Ben currently maintains an active schedule of freelance organ playing and deputises regularly at The Tower of London, St Bride’s Fleet Street, St Martin in the Fields and St Paul’s Knightsbridge.

Saturday 11th November 2017 - 12 noon - Organ Recital

Ian Runnells, St Paul's Bedford


Fantasia for a Mechanical Clock, K608 W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Andante in G S. S. Wesley (1810 – 1876)
Impromptu, op.5 F. A. Jackson (b.1917)
Epinikion, op.28 (Song of Victory) 
C.B. Rootham (1875 – 1938)
Adagio from 3rd Symphony
L. Vierne (1870 – 1937)
Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1, in D Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)