Toccata on 'Wachet Auf'
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York Minster’s Grand Organ, parts of which date back to the early 1830s, was removed in October 2018 – including nearly all of its 5,000+ pipes – and taken to Durham for repair and refurbishment by organ specialists Harrison & Harrison. The restored organ returned to use in March 2021 and a programme of events were lined up to celebrate its return including the Grand Organ Composers’ Competition.
Working in partnership with the Cathedral Music Trust and Banks Music Publications, York Minster encouraged both amateur and professional musicians to submit a new work for solo organ in one of two categories.
David Halls’ Toccata on 'Wachet Auf' was the winning entry in the category ages 19 and over and was premiered by Benjamin Morris at the Advent Procession on Sunday 28th November 2021.